Every time you take an Uber ride, send a message over Slack or step into a WeWork coworking space, it helps support the same regime that killed Jamal Khashoggi.
Uber, Slack and WeWork are among the “progressive” Silicon Valley companies that accept money from the Saudi government, channelled through Japanese company Softbank and its Saudi-fuelled $100 billion Vision Fund.
In the wake of Khashoggi’s murder, the world’s corporations are taking steps to cut ties with Saudi Arabia – except for Softbank. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley remains shamefully silent.
Well, no more. With the world watching, it’s time to tell Uber, Slack, WeWork and the others that justice for Jamal Khashoggi depends on them ending their business with Saudi Arabia. Their profit-hungry CEOs won’t speak up unless we shine a huge, public spotlight on their tainted money.
Tell Silicon Valley companies to break off their ties with Saudi government money!
Saudi Arabia has been investing heavily in tech start-ups for years. The royal family owns 14% of Uber, while the country’s public investment fund owns another 5%. And that’s not all. Through its investment in SoftBank, Saudi could own the majority of shares in WeWork.
The good news is SoftBank is already feeling the heat. The CEO recently pulled out of a speaking engagement at the prominent Saudi investment conference, while pressure mounts to come out against Saudi’s brutal regime.
SumOfUs has been working on multiple fronts to prevent the Saudi regime from further human rights violations. Over 13,000 SumOfUs members in Canada signed a petition calling on the Canadian government to drop a $15b arms deal with Saudi Arabia and since then, Prime Minister Trudeau has hinted at cancelling the export permits.
Together, we can let tech start-ups know that aligning themselves with brutal human rights abusers won’t be tolerated.
Tell Uber, WeWork, Slack and other Silicone Valley companies to break ties with Saudi government money.