Ken Frazier awarded the 2020 Courage Against Hate Award
The Anti-Defamation League awards Ken for his commitment to corporate responsibility and for his conviction that companies should be driven by purpose, not profits
November 9, 2020
Merck Chairman and CEO, Ken Frazier, was awarded the 2020 Courage Against Hate Award on Sunday, November 8 at the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Never is Now Summit on Antisemitism and Hate.
This award honors a visionary leader from the business community who uses their platform to promote understanding and unity in a complex world and to encourage others to actively make the world a better place. Recipients seek to secure justice and fair treatment to all and lead by example, encouraging others to do the same. With this award, the ADL recognizes Ken’s outspoken commitment to corporate responsibility and for his conviction that a company needs to be driven by a “sense of purpose, not a sense of profits.”
“To achieve meaningful change when it comes to systemic racial injustice in America, which can be seen through disparities in education, housing, employment, law enforcement and opportunity, in general, we will have to take uncomfortable steps.”
Ken FrazierChairman and CEO, Merck
“We’ll need the courage to face the unpleasant truths about our history of racial inequality in order to help move our society past inequity and division rather than leaving this for future generations,” said Ken Frazier.
This is the third year that the award has been presented. Previous Courage Against Hate honorees include Tim Cook, Apple CEO, and Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani Founder and CEO. The award honors visionary leaders who promote understanding and unity in a complex world and exemplify ADL’s core values, including courage, collaboration, inclusion and integrity.