Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ board of directors

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights proudly announces Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined its board of directors.

Announcing the appointment, Kerry Kennedy, President and CEO of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, said in a statement, “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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
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 in a statement. “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.”

Ethel Kennedy, founder and board member of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, said in a statement, “We are honored to have Tim Cook on our board. I love that he is inspired to “make gentle the life of the world” and stands with human rights defenders around the globe championing the causes and people Bobby cared about.

Robert F. Smith, Chair of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ board of directors and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, said in a statement, “The challenges we face in the world today are distressingly not dissimilar to those of 1968. The inequality, inequity, and inhumanity we read about every day demand the same values, courage, inspiration, and leadership of Robert F. Kennedy. As a technology visionary and a man who understands how people want to interact, engage, and live, Tim will bring this deep understanding to help advance the mission and relevance of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, which is needed now more than ever. We are thrilled by his commitment “to bend the arc of history for future generations.”

Source: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

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    1. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968. I was two years old at the time. My father and mother were shrieking and grieving in the next room, and I got the idea that someone really important had died. For the rest of my life, when a momentous death occurred, I’d flash back to that moment of realisation, that the Universe takes a sudden lurch and we are back in the boondocks, defeated by random assassins of hope.

  1. A priest, a rabbi, an imam and a secular humanist were having a theological debate over tea.

    “My God is the God of Abraham,” says the rabbi.

    “My God is the God of Abraham,” says the priest.

    “Abraham served Allah,” says the imam.

    The Secular Humanist replies, “The was no god for Abraham to have.”

    “How can you disagree with so many learned opinions?” asks the rabbi?

    The Secular Humanist answers, “I’m comfortable with three against one.”

    The clergy confer briefly and then pray to their God to send a sign. Suddenly the room is filled with an inexplicable glow and everyone is overcome with a sense of perfect love. A quiet voice speaking from everywhere and nowhere at the same time says, “I am the God of Abraham.” The presence subsides and the four sit for a moment in silence.

    Then the Secular Humanist says, “OK, four against one.”

      1. So you’re an Arthur C. Clarke sympathiser.

        Sorry, but there is no escape from the labelling instinct. Which is inseparable from the political instinct, and I dare say from the religious instinct as well. Is there any way in which we, as lone persons, are free of the opinions that our tribes force upon us?

  2. Oppression is bad. Let’s all agree on that. Now let’s invite some blue collar babes back to the private compound for some fornication. 😀

    I think (and hope) that Tim will do a good job of practicing what he preaches. Despite association with the Kennedy name.

  3. I like this, if only to punctuate Apple’s and Tim Cook’s efforts to support the US Constitution vs the disingenuous FBI.

    (Yes, I have an obsessive compulsion to use the word ‘disingenuous’ lately when discussing the FBI). 😉

    1. peterblood71 owns the word disingenuous. I’d like to think he’s OK with your use of it, though.

      What is genuinely disingenuous is the three-letter trolls trashing Tim Cook for being liberal. I am still trying to work out why that matters to anyone. What about Jack Welch, or Sergey Brin? Does anyone call them on their politics, or rip them for commitment to human rights or sustainability? No. Apple is some kind of special target for paid corporate bullies and political opportunists. That’s what I think.

      1. I defer to peterblood as owner of the word. 😀 Meanwhile, Apple has been drawn into the political circle by a few different forces. Tim Cook of course draws some of the lightning specifically because he is both a CEO and an openly gay man. Apple and he are equated, even apparently in his private life. A bit silly, but what we still expect from those who politicize everything inside their world perceptions. 😛

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