The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global human rights organization whose mission is to confront anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism and promote human rights and dignity, recently honored BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald L. Hassell with its Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes his personal and professional commitment to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. Hassell accepted the award at the 2015 Simon Wiesenthal Center Humanitarian Award Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
In presenting the award to Hassell, Nelson Peltz, CEO and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P., applauded BNY Mellon’s work with nonprofits to sustainably solve homelessness. Peltz saluted the company and its employees’ contribution of more than $100 million over the past three years to improve the lives of others including the provision of basic needs.
Peltz also noted BNY Mellon’s role as “a leading advocate within the United Nations for improved rule of law – advancing both human rights for all and improving the flow of investments to developing countries in order to help alleviate the problems of the impoverished and needy.”
Hassell shared in his acceptance speech, “We believe that giving back to our communities and leading by example – as individuals and companies – is imperative if we have any hope of changing the growing level of social injustice and lack of tolerance in the world today. On behalf of all my associates at BNY Mellon, it is a real honor to be recognized by an organization that is dedicated to – and setting the standard for – the defense of human rights.”