The Dutch Central Bank launched a study to investigate the historical ties related to slavery after the British Central Bank.
The Dutch Central Bank will investigate historical links related to slavery, thereby becoming one of the institutions condemning racism all over the world. Dutch Central Bank to investigate historical links related to slavery
Bank spokesperson Bouke Bergsma announced in an e-mail statement that the Amsterdam-based regulator would appoint an independent party to conduct the investigation. The research will focus on the first years of the bank’s more than 2 century history and its officials in that period.
Bergsma said the next possible steps would be decided after this investigation, inspired by the similar initiative launched by the Bank of England.
The British National Bank, announced last month that it would remove portraits of ex-president associated with the slave trade so that officials involved in a trade would review their collection to ensure that they do not have any traces anywhere in the bank.
The Dutch newspaper Vrij Nederland published on Friday that a number of the chairmen of the Dutch Central Bank also had a relationship with slavery in the past. Among these names is Johanna Borski, who contributed to the establishment of the institution, which provided funding and funded plantations in the Caribbean.