In 2005, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones was presented with the International Leadership Award by the Anti-Defamation League, – ADL – an American organization dedicated to fighting all forms of discrimination. Sir Lindsay took the opportunity to cite the important efforts made by his staff: "There are more than 50,000 people at L’Oréal around the world who have endeavored to make equal opportunity and diversity a reality in the work we do passionately every day."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said, "Sir Lindsay has taken his vision and put it into practice, making L’Oréal not just the leading cosmetic company in the world, but a leader in promoting diversity and respect for culture and identity, setting standards to be emulated. L’Oréal and ADL have a shared vision of celebrating ‘A Planet of Diverse Beauty.’"
Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel introduced Sir Lindsay with a moving tribute. "L’Oréal deals with the body and I come from a tradition of asceticism. When I was an adolescent, I was an ascetic. The body didn't matter to me. It was always the mind, the soul and the spirit. And then I understood what you're doing, that actually one cannot oppose one to the other. The human being is both: the combination of a taste for beauty, passion for truth and surely a sense of solidarity. That is its great virtue."