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Activision Blizzard has announced that it is forming a “Workplace Responsibility Committee” to oversee the progress of its recently announced policies, procedures and commitments to improve its workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination at the company. is forming.

The Workplace Responsibility Committee will be chaired by independent director Don Ostroff, who has served on the company’s board since 2020. Independent director Revetta Bowers also serves on the committee since 2018. In addition, the company is working to add a new variety. Board of Directors.

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Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, Chief Public Officer Julie Hodges and Chief Compliance Officer Frances Townsend will be required to provide progress reports to the committee, which will regularly inform the Board of Directors. In addition, the Committee has the ability to retain external advisors and advisors, including independent legal advisors, to assist in its work.

The company will also hire an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) coordinator as part of its $1.8 million agreement with the EEOC, which is awaiting official court approval. Both the EEO coordinator and an independent EEO consultant will engage directly and regularly with workplace responsibility to provide additional transparency.

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Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Will Consider Quitting If Can’t Fix The Problems

Activision Blizzard’s board emphasized that it is “committed to ensuring a healthy workplace in which all employees feel valued, safe and respected” and that the audit committee has been updated on the company’s growth, including equal opportunities. Commission and investigation by the California Department of Fair. Employment and Housing, which filed suit against the company in July.

In October, the board began meeting bi-weekly for an in-depth assessment of the company’s plans and progress. The Board now receives detailed written weekly reports.

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“It has been a challenging time for the company, but the board is confident of the ongoing actions to set the company up for future success,” the board said.

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The committee was formed after allegations that Kotick had known about the sexual misconduct claims for years and did not inform the board. Kotick has been accused of inappropriate behavior by several women inside and outside the company, including an assistant who claimed he threatened to kill her. Following the allegations, Activision Blizzard came out in defense of Kotick, and the board expressed confidence in his leadership.

More than 28,000 employees have signed a petition calling for Kotick’s resignation. A group of shareholders has also written a letter to Kotick, board chairman Brian Kelly and principal independent director Robert Morgado to resign by the end of the year. sources told wall street journal That Kotick has considered stepping down if he did not fix the company’s problems quickly.

In addition to calls for resignations, Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation executives have criticized Activision Blizzard’s response to the allegations. PlayStation chief Jim Ryan has reportedly told his team that he has reached out to ask how they plan to address the claims. Meanwhile, Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said the company has “taken action and is assessing others” and that Xbox head Phil Spencer is “evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing Actively making adjustments.”

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“I personally have strong values ​​for a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our employees at Xbox,” Spencer told Granthshala Business. “This is not a destination but a journey we will always be on. The leadership at Xbox and Microsoft stands with our teams and supports them in creating a safe environment for all.”

Activision Blizzard told Granthshala Business that it respects all feedback from its partners and is continuing to engage with them.

“We have implemented significant changes detailed in recent weeks and we will continue to do so,” the spokesperson said. “We know it will take time, but we won’t stop until we have the best workplace for our team.”