DNB's links to slavery
De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) apologises for its role in the Atlantic trade in enslaved people in the nineteenth century. We are also announcing measures aimed at addressing the repercussions of the legacy of slavery for those directly involved in the Netherlands, Suriname, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. We are doing so after several months spent reflecting on the scholarly study into our historical links to slavery and following many conversations with people who have a voice in the debate on this topic along with members of our own staff.
We took the first step on 9 February 2022 by publicly acknowledging our historical links to slavery. On 1 July 2022 – Keti Koti – we apologised to all descendants of enslaved people in the Netherlands, Suriname, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten for our involvement in slavery. We also announced the measures we are taking to help address the repercussions of the legacy of slavery for those directly involved. Our aim is to work on reducing inequalities and to promote a more inclusive society while also boosting diversity and inclusiveness in our own organisation.