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Apple's Tim Cook to receive Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 'Ripple of Hope' award

It was announced on Monday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization's 2015 "Ripple of Hope" award at a New York ceremony on Dec. 8.

The award "lauds leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change and reflect Robert Kennedy's passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to 'make gentle the life of this world'," according to the organization's official website.

Other people set to receive the award this year include UNESCO ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, and Evercore co-founder Roger Altman.

Cook is a big financial backer of RFKHR. For three years, Cook has auctioned off lunch meetings with the goal of sending proceeds to the organization — this year's package, also including two VIP passes to an Apple keynote, generated over $200,000.

The CEO has been a vocal supporter of causes like gay rights, workplace diversity, and renewable energy. The company continues to take flak for poor wages and working conditions at its Chinese suppliers, but under Cook has also committed to making gradual improvements.