Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has written an open letter to the company’s employees and the interested public, announcing several changes to improve corporate culture and working conditions in response to the lawsuits and numerous reports of harassment , Harassment, hurdles and misconduct in the workplace in the last few weeks and months (we reported).
He thanked the employees for their dedication and courage to be open, and outlined five measures that should be taken to change Activision Blizzard. This includes a zero tolerance policy in the event of harassment or misconduct in the workplace (including penalties and disciplinary measures if the “strictest” guidelines are disregarded) and more women and non-binary people are to be employed. The goal is that 50 percent of the workforce should consist of women and non-binary people. 250 million dollars are to be invested in this context in order to be able to attract “talented people”. In addition, Activision Blizzard wants to waive compulsory arbitration for claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. The issue of fair wages should also be given greater prominence (annual transparency reports). At the same time, regular progress reports on the measures are promised.
As a sign to the outside world, Bobby Kotick has asked the board of directors to reduce his salary to the minimum ($ 62,500). He also completely foregoes bonuses and stock options. His salary should only rise again when “the gender-specific restructuring goals” and the “other obligations” have been achieved.