Brewer and pub company Greene King has partnered with Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum to help educate about the historic transatlantic slave trade
As part of the partnership, Greene King staff will be offered the opportunity to take part in workshops organised by the museum.
Furthermore, the museum will be working alongside Greene King to shed more light on the history of one of the brewery’s founding members Benjamin Greene, who is known to have profited from slavery and argued against its abolition in the 19th century.
Greene King will also be offering the museum financial support towards its Black History Month series of events; this will be followed by further initiatives as part of the brewer’s inclusion and diversity programme.
‘There is no place for racism or discrimination anywhere in society and I am proud to be at the beginning of this exciting partnership,’ said Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie. ‘We’re working hard to build a more inclusive and diverse workforce with increased opportunities for people from minority ethnic backgrounds, but equally we don’t want to lose sight of the past.
‘It is inexcusable that one of our founders profited from slavery,’ he continued, ‘and while that was nearly 200 years ago we can’t pretend it didn’t happen. We want to educate and work with the International Slavery Museum to learn more about the past and better inform our choices for the future.’
Greene King apologised for its past links with the slave trade earlier this year and subsequently established a new five-year agreement with The Prince's Trust, to create more jobs for young people from BAME backgrounds