Activision Blizzard It has been a hot topic since July, when several lawsuits related to sexual harassment and discrimination were filed against it. In the next chapter of this ongoing saga, Activision Blizzard has announced the formation of the Workplace Responsibility Committee – a task force meant to act as a liaison between the company and the board of directors, but currently by two independent members of the board. Only powered.
This new committee aims to ensure initiatives to eliminate harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and to improve Activision Blizzrad’s culture by creating “a healthy workplace in which all employees feel safe, secure and respected.” The Workplace Accountability Committee will work closely with ABK’s Board of Directors, the Audit Committee and the upcoming Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator and Advisor, as agreed in late September in agreement with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The committee currently has only two members. Spotify’s chief content officer Don Ostroff will chair the committee, and nonprofit and education administrator Revetta Bowers will serve on it. However, both women are currently independent directors on the board of Activision Blizzard. The company is also currently working on adding “a new, diversified director to the board.”
Activision Blizzard has been in hot water for the better part of the last year. After several lawsuits, protests, and petitions over the course of months, Activision Blizzard finally addressed the concerns of its players, workers, and constituents, creating momentum to improve its games, communities, and workplace cultures. However, weeks after taking his pay cuts and implementing a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, CEO Bobby Kotick was accused of being involved in perpetuating the toxic conditions that plagued the company.
The choice of assignments for the Workplace Responsibility Committee turns a blind eye to most people. Since both current members are also on the board of directors, there is clearly a conflict of interest. Although Ostroff and Bowers are independent directors, they are grateful to the board and to Kotick. By backing the CEO and any other board members who seek to protect Kotick despite shouts from activism constituents, the committee would have already failed in its purpose.
However, there is still a chance, slim as it is, the board could still help in theory. Eventually, a large number of Activision Blizzard employees are calling for Kotick’s termination, and the company has earned enough negative press that gaming industry giants such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are calling for Activision Blizzard to consider pulling Activision game support. are condemning. from their system. If the committee’s independent directors actually act as liaisons for the people they are supposed to help, Ostroff and Bowers could influence the board of directors to help Kotick save face with his employees, partners and constituents. be allowed to be taken.
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