Another day, another development of the chaotic, appalling legend is Activision BlizzardResponse to its ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit.
After Bobby Kotick apparently discussed resigning as the boss of Activision Blizzard, the company’s board of directors withdrew Press release At 10:30 pm Eastern Time, the establishment of the “Workplace Responsibility Committee” was introduced in detail.
The HR-centric intensive language press release basically states that this new committee will oversee Activision Blizzard’s “successful implementation of its new policies, procedures, and commitments to improve workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination in the company. “”. You can read some of the proposed policies here, but it’s worth noting that they don’t necessarily apply to Kotick himself. Hmm.
The new workplace responsibility committee will consist of the only two women on the Activision Blizzard’s 10-person board (the board supports Kotick because of growing calls for him to resign), despite Activision’s point of “new diversity “Directors” will also be added to the board of directors soon.
“The committee will require management to develop key performance indicators and/or other methods to measure progress and ensure accountability,” the press release reads. “CEO Bobby Kotick, Chief Personnel Officer and Chief Compliance Officer will regularly provide progress reports to the committee, which will regularly inform the entire board of directors. The committee has the right to retain external advisors or consultants, including independent legal advisors, to assist it Work.”
So basically, the committee can get advice from outside sources and lawyers, but it doesn’t mention how it can (or should) interact with the actual workforce. As you know, the person who made all these complaints and state and federal agencies are investigating the company’s cause.
“The establishment of the committee and other future changes will help promote additional direct oversight and transparency, and ensure that the company’s commitment to Activision Blizzard employees is urgently and effectively implemented,” the press release continued. “This is a challenging period for the entire company, but the board of directors is full of confidence in the ongoing actions and is ready for the company’s future success.”
It is worth noting that at this point, this press release is aimed at investors-some of whom also asked Kotik to resign.
Given that the owners of PlayStation and Xbox are planning to reassess their relationship with Activision Blizzard, forming this committee may not be enough.