Apple CEO Tim Cook will collect a humanitarian award from an organization founded in honor of one of his personal heroes, Robert F. Kennedy.
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights will award Tim Cook with the Ripple of Hope Award, that is, something like the "Ray of Hope" award. December 8 is the date chosen to celebrate this event in recognition of their work in favor of social change which will take place at the New York Hilton located in the heart of Manhattan.
This awards ceremony will also be attended by other personalities such as Congressman John Lewis, Georgia Democrat and Activist during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. There will also be Evercore co-founder and former Treasury Secretary Roger Altman and UNESCO Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis.
Apple's CEO has become a firm advocate for equality in the workplace, arguing that companies benefit when their workers they feel fully recognized. In his own words published in a Wall Street Journal article:
At Apple, we try to ensure that people understand that they do not have to disclose their identity as soon as they walk through the door […] We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of race, gender , nationality or sexual orientation.
Tim Cook, who publicly disclosed last year that he is gay, denounced an Indiana "religious freedom" law that was feared would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state legislature later amended the law to prohibit discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Already earlier this year, Cook was awarded the »Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign», the largest LGBT organization Civil Rights in the US