Tim Cook Joins Robert F. Kennedy Center Board of Directors

timcookApple CEO Tim Cook today joined the board of directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights after being a longtime supporter of the organization. Cook counts Robert F. Kennedy as one of his personal heroes and has said there are two photos of Kennedy in his office that he looks at each day.

"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."

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights aims to reach Robert F. Kennedy's goal for a just and peaceful world by advancing corporate responsibility, teaching social justice, and partnering with human rights leaders. On Cook's appointment to the board of directors, CEO Kerry Kennedy said Tim Cook is dedicated to the cause.

Announcing the appointment, 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."

On multiple occasions in the past, Tim Cook has auctioned off charity lunches with proceeds that benefit the RFK Center and Robert F. Kennedy has been mentioned in several of his speeches. Last year, the RFK Center gave Tim Cook the Ripple of Hope Award, designed to celebrate business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

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57 months ago
Sounds like a deserved appointment.
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57 months ago
Just wanted to get a comment in before this gets closed to people with fewer than 100 comments . . . phew!

Congrats Tim! Keep it up.
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57 months ago
Well earned following all he has personally done and for shifting Apple to be more socially responsible. When the politicians in DC are unwilling to advocate our, their constituents', need for privacy and cybersecurity, I am glad there are people like Tim in the private sector to have our back
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57 months ago
Well, knowing how deeply committed he is with human rights, I'm not surprised at all that he's been appointed in the Board of Directors for a human rights advocacy group. It was all just a matter of "when" and "what" more than "if".

Well, in any case, congrats, Tim! You certainly deserve it.

Doesn't he serve on the Nike board as well? That's pretty random.

I'm not too sure if it's random. I think that represents fitness for Tim (since Apple has a pretty close relationship with Nike, especially since there's that built-in Nike app that can be toggled on and off on iOS (don't know if that's still there, but as of iOS 7, it is)).
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57 months ago
*Cough cough* Foxconn *Cough cough*
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57 months ago
...and away we go with posts of a political nature/slant.
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