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Activision Blizzard Administration Forms Crisis Response Committee

Activision Blizzard’s board of directors announced the creation of a “Workplace Accountability Committee” that will respond to the company’s ongoing operations. sexual harassment and the workplace discrimination crisis.

The committee consists of two members, according to a news bulletin published late Monday night, will “monitor the Company’s progress in successfully implementing its new policies, procedures and commitments to improve workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination at the Company.” The committee members were Dawn Ostroff and Reveta Bowers, the only women on Activision Blizzard’s 10-member board of directors.

The means of achieving the commission’s goals are rather vague; Monday’s statement said it would “request management to develop key performance indicators and/or other means of measuring progress and ensuring accountability”. The release names chief executive Bobby Kotick as part of this management, along with Activision Blizzard’s chief human resources and chief compliance officer. They must all provide regular progress reports to the committee.

In a slightly more specific goal, the committee is also “working to add a new, diverse director to the Board of Directors,” although the statement did not detail what “director of diversity” means. what.

The new commission seems to respond to the development call, from both sides of the company and outside, to fire Kotick ahead of a November 16 report that he knew more about Activision’s toxic workplace than he told the board (including a workplace rape alleged at Sledgehammer Games) and mitigate the problems.

The press release asserts: Strengthening board supervision is the solution. The statement said: “Current circumstances call for increased Board involvement, noting that “additional changes in the future will help facilitate greater oversight.” more direct and transparent”.

[Disclosure: Casey Wasserman is on the board of directors for Activision Blizzard as well as the board of directors of Vox Media, Polygon’s parent company.]

https://www.polygon.com/22798997/activision-blizzard-workplace-responsibility-committee Activision Blizzard Administration Forms Crisis Response Committee

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