Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights.
Kerry Kennedy, President and CEO of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, said, “Tim knows the importance of advocating for and representing people who have not been heard. He has integrity and does not shy away from challenging issues when he knows they are right and just. Tim is deeply committed to the social justice work that he is helping Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights accomplish.”
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an international human rights organization founded by Robert Kennedy’s family and friends nearly 50 years ago. In December 2015, Tim Cook received the Ripple of Hope Award during the organization’s gala in New York City. The award was granted for Mr. Cook’s commitment to sustainable business practices and his lifelong commitment to human rights.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is governed by its board of directors, a diverse group of experts representing business, finance, academia, government, entertainment, education, and civil society. The organization is dedicated to carrying on Robert Kennedy’s unfinished work of standing with those who stand against oppression, and is comprised of students and activists, lawyers and business leaders, teachers and advocates, all working towards a common goal: achieving Robert Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.
Tim Cook has counted Robert F. Kennedy as a personal hero and inspiration since growing up in rural Alabama. As CEO, Cook has continued to advocate for equality in everything he does and, under his leadership, Apple is determined to leave the world better than they found it. In 1966, Robert F. Kennedy said “everywhere new technology and communications bring men and nations closer together; the concerns of one inevitably become the concerns of all.” Every day, Tim Cook relentlessly works to create products that will change lives, products that change the world, empower the poorest communities though education, and protect our privacy.
“Growing up, I was inspired by Robert Kennedy’s infinite hope for humanity and his belief that people at their core are good, sharing universal goals for themselves and the world in which we live,” said Cook. “Robert Kennedy spoke to our highest aspirations, calling Americans from all walks of life to fight for something better. He was and is a hero and role model to me, and I am honored to serve alongside Kerry and the rest of the board to advance his message of justice and equality.”