Layla Moran MP has written to 11 companies who benefited from slavery named in a major academic database held by University College London (UCL) asking them to donate to BAME charities.
Three of the world's biggest banking and insurance companies pledged on Thursday night to pay large sums to projects benefiting BAME communities after their links to the slave trade were exposed.
Layla Moran MP has written to 11 companies whose benefited from slavery named in a major academic database held by University College London (UCL). The firms are Greene King, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, RSA insurance, Lloyds of London, P&O, Dankse Bank, Barclays and HSBC.
This comes after Greene King, one of the UK's largest pub chains, and the insurance giant Lloyd's of London said they would make donations to BAME causes.
In the letter to the firms, she says: “That Britain’s relative prosperity today is built on the profits from slavery is an uncomfortable but undeniable truth. The lasting results of slavery are also felt beyond the major port cities commonly associated with the trade.”
In her letter, Layla lays out some of the steps she urges the firms to make. She calls for:
• Look at offering financial support to the BAME community through financial support for educational schemes or scholarships.
• Make a statement on the issue of historical slavery, BAME rights and open up your company archives to any academics who should wish to investigate the issue.
• Look at mentoring or support schemes you can offer to support BAME communities
• A outreach programme with disadvantaged schools to help raise the aspirations of pupils. If you currently run a scheme, as many firms do, I am asking you to expand that scheme, specifically targeting BAME pupils.
• Urge the government to put BAME pay gap reporting on a statutory footing
• Undertake a review of your internal practices in terms of BAME recruitment and BAME employees in senior roles within your organisation.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West & Abingdon Layla Moran said: "This is fantastic news but every firm must now commitment to offering the same.
"It is critical to say that a one-off payment, albeit welcome is not enough. A large donation will not wash historical pain away. I want to see a long-term commitment from these firms to the BAME community and BAME charities. Some have stepped up to the plate, I hope that the rest do too."