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Bury St Edmunds firm Greene King partners International Slavery Museum





Greene King has partnered with the International Slavery Museum in a campaign to help educate about the slave trade.

The Bury St Edmunds -based brewery and pub chain was founded by Benjamin Greene - who profited from slavery and argued against its abolition.

The modern company has sought to argue against his views. As part of this new partnership, Greene King employees will take part in online workshops on understanding slavery.

Greene King is one of the biggest employers in Bury St Edmunds
Greene King is one of the biggest employers in Bury St Edmunds

Nick Mackenzie, chief executive, said:“There is no place for racism or discrimination anywhere in society and I am proud to be at the beginning of this exciting partnership.

“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."

Chief executive Nick Mackenzie has a workforce of 38,000
Chief executive Nick Mackenzie has a workforce of 38,000

Greene King will also provide funding for events. Among these will be the National Museum's Liverpool Black History Month programme in October.

Mr Mackenzie added: “It is inexcusable that one of our founders profited from slavery.

"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.”

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