This week in San Francisco, people visited the offices of Skanska-investors Alecta and BlackRock, both located in the towering buildings of the city's financial district.
The first stop was the office of Alecta, located at 1 Embarcadero Center Suite 2350. The activists easily made their way up the elevator to the 23rd floor and to the door of the Alecta office. The door was locked, but when they knocked, someone answered who they were able to talk to and deliver a letter asking Alecta to stop intertwining themselves with animal cruelty by investing in Skanska. They specifically addressed the letter to David Sherwood, the CEO of Alecta USA who was a subject of last week's phone blockade against Skanska shareholders. Sherwood told callers that he donates time and money to animal rescues and sanctuaries, and he does not want any affiliation with animal cruelty. He also claimed that he told his superiors to cut ties with animal cruelty. Hopefully the office visit was a reminder that he needs to keep pressuring the heads of Alecta to get out of investing in animal labs. You can call him at (415) 321-6110 to make sure he got the letter and is continuing to work to get Alecta out of the business of animal torture.
Next up was the BlackRock office, which occupies the extravagent building at 400 Howard Street. Despite security standing in front of the building, the activists were able to walk right through the front doors. Bearing signs that read "Building Animal Labs = Animal Cruelty," they stood at the lobby counter until someone agreed to speak with them. The person who arrived to do so was BlackRocks's Director of Security. He feigned interest in talking with them, but really seemed to most want to know how they managed to get into the office. Through the giant unlocked doors on the front of the building...
After the awkward meeting with the Director of Security who apparently doesn't know how unlocked doors work, the activists went outside to chalk in front of BlackRock's building about their funding of animal torture. People stopped to look at the colorful messages that covered the sidewalk. BlackRock sent someone out with a fancy video camera to film the chalk, and to attempt to film the activists. If BlackRock doesn't want people to know about the bloody business deals that they invest in, maybe they should just stop investing in them and save money on needing a security team to film sidewalk chalk.
From the streets of San Francisco to the shareholder meeting in Sweden, Skanska's investors are becoming very aware of the controversy that comes with building an animal lab. It's just one contract... Skanska should drop the contract before shareholders drop Skanska.