Racism-debate: British firms seek slaves-past

The insurance company Lloyd's of London and other British tradition, corporations, including the pub chain Greene King, brings her connection with the slave tr

Racism-debate: British firms seek slaves-past

The insurance company Lloyd's of London and other British tradition, corporations, including the pub chain Greene King, brings her connection with the slave trade in the past. Lloyd's of London, whose beginnings reach back to the year 1688, was contrite. "Sorry, what is the role of the Lloyd's market in the 18th century. and 19. Century in the slave trade“, the company said. It is a terrible and shameful time was "of the English and of our history". Lloyd's grew up at a time when the leading boat insurer and also the insurance of ships of the slave traders business. The company wants to now invest in programs to promote black employees and applicants from ethnic minorities.

Philip Plickert

economic correspondent based in London.

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according to the newspaper "Daily Telegraph" reported benefits from the use of a whole series of founders or former CEOs of traditional companies of the payment of money by the British state, the owner made after the legal abolition of slavery in 1833 – to former slave as a "compensation" for their lost "property".

among the profiteers of Benjamin Greene, one of the founders of today's Pub chain Greene King, for example. He received for the release of his more than two hundred slaves in the plantations on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts from the British state about 4000 pounds "compensation", such as from a database of University College London shows. According to the current value of this is estimated at half a Million pounds. The head of the chain, Nick Mackenzie, told the Telegraph: "It is inexcusable that one of our founders of the slavery benefited, and in the 1800s against the abolition argued." The company will now make a "substantial investment" in favour of the so-called Belarusian community in Britain are black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups ("Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic") are referred to.

Updated Date: 18 June 2020, 11:20

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