ADL Honors L’Oreal President Agon With 2021 ‘Courage Against Hate’ Award

The Anti Defamation League (ADL) honored Jean-Paul Agon, president of cosmetics giant L’Oreal, on Sunday with its “Courage Against Hate” award.

“Jean-Paul Agon exemplifies corporate responsibility through his tireless effort to dismantle anti-Semitism and hatred globally,” said ADL Executive Director Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “Jean-Paul and L’Oréal understand the importance of education to help reduce prejudice and hatred and have partnered with us on a multi-year initiative to fight anti-Semitism through education.”

Agon received the award, which honors people with a long-standing commitment to advancing diversity, respecting human rights and fighting anti-Semitism, at the “Never Is Now” summit, where he delivered a speech. opening.

“Receiving the Courage Against Hate award is one of (sic) my greatest honors in my life,” said Jean-Paul Agon, president of L’Oréal. “L’Oréal has been a proud supporter of ADL’s work for decades and, over the years, we have had the privilege of witnessing a courageous organization that carries out significant campaigns against all forms of hate.

The “Never is Now” summit of the Anti-Defamation League in New York City. (credit: BRENDAN MCDERMID / REUTERS)

Past award winners include Apple CEO Tim Cook (2018), Chobani CEO and founder Hamdi Ulukaya (2019), and Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth C. Frazier (2020).

Founded in 1913, the ADL is an international Jewish non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the United States. The ADL advocates for the Jewish people and their causes, such as support for Israel.

The “Never is Now” summit is the world’s largest annual summit on anti-Semitism and hatred. This year’s performance includes esteemed guest speakers Agon, US Vice President Kamala Harris, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, WNBA player Sue Bird, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and others.

L’Oreal is a cosmetics corporation that employs 85,400 people around the world. It is among the largest cosmetics companies in the world by volume and market share.

“I accept this award on behalf of the more than 85,000 L’Oréal employees around the world who bring to life our values ​​of respect, courage, integrity and transparency every day,” said Agon.

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