Statement on racism
Racism of any and all forms is abhorrent and is condemned by the Trust.
The particular mission of the charity is to provide scholarships for research and education. Over the course of several decades, the Trust has funded numerous authoritative and independent studies of colonialism, of the long history of Black Britons and of the lived experience of minority ethnic communities in this country and elsewhere.
The Trust is also aware of its own history. It was established with a legacy from Lord Leverhulme, founder of Lever Brothers, one of the companies that merged to form Unilever in 1930. Unilever are funding independent research by leading academics which will examine Leverhulme’s later business operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Solomon Islands. Recognising our shared legacy, the Leverhulme Trust will be engaging fully with this research and the findings will be published and widely accessible.
The Trustees will continue to offer Leverhulme grants to study these and other social inequalities and in this way help rid the world of the systemic injustices of racism.