The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights has added Apple CEO Tim Cook to its board of directors to help the organization in its pursuit of a more just and peaceful world.
The International human rights organization that was founded by Bobby Kennedy’s family 50 years ago honored Cook last year with the Ripple of Hope Award, now Cook will help carry on his personal hero’s unfinished work of fighting against oppression for all people.
“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,” Tim Cook said in a statement.
Tim Cook has pushed Apple to become a more environmentally friendly company since taking over the reigns of CEO from Steve Jobs in 2011. He has also pushed for more diversity and inclusiveness at Apple and other companies, as well as waging a public battle against the US government over privacy and security.
“Robert Kennedy spoke to our highest aspirations, calling Americans from all walks of life to fight for something better,” said Cook. “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.”
Cook has held charity coffee-date auctions in the past with the proceeds going directly to the RFK Center. As a member of the board he’ll work directly with experts in academia, government, entertainment, and education to champion the causes Bobby cared about.