Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has joined the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, an international organization that advocates for social change.
Cook has been an outspoken advocate for equality and civil rights, taking a prominent stand against a so-called “religious freedom” law in Indiana that many feared would lead to discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The executive, who publicly revealed he is gay, also has spoken out against discrimination in the workplace.
“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,” Cook said 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 [Kennedy, the organization’s CEO] and the rest of the board to advance his message of justice and equality.”
The RFK Human Rights organization honored Cook last year with its Ripple of Hope Award, recognizing his commitment to sustainable business practices and his commitment to human rights.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.