Tim Cook named to board of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group

Apple CEO named for lifetime personal and professional commitment

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined its board of directors. The group says that Cook on the board will bring "deep understanding to help advance the mission and relevance of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, which is needed now more than ever."

Cook said of the appointment that "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. 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."

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 group says that the award was granted for Mr. Cook's commitment to sustainable business practices and his lifelong commitment to human rights.

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