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There are many reasons why I decided to join Activision Blizzard and help connect people around the world through epic games. But what truly inspired me was Bobby Kotick’s commitment to diversity across our global teams, and the opportunity to continue to build a culture of inclusivity. As a Hispanic leader, it has been my honor to be part of a team that is wholly dedicated to creating a diverse workforce; it is essential to our mission.
Yesterday, we saw some media coverage about a letter our outside lawyers submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission responding to the AFL-CIO’s proposal for our annual meeting proxy statement. I want to provide some clarity and context. In our current hiring practices across the entire company and for every role, we emphasize and create diverse slates of candidates; our practices naturally allow hiring managers to ensure diversity within each country in which we operate. We don’t need the AFL-CIO proposal to reaffirm what we already do – encourage every hiring manager to consider diverse candidates for every position. We believe in our existing hiring practices, which encourages every hiring manager to seek diverse candidates for every single role. We also ensure any candidate - regardless of backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, races and sexual orientations - is considered for each and every open role. We have and will continue to focus on clear objectives and measurable criteria for diversity within our workforce and are proud of our success. We are unequivocally committed to increasing diversity at all levels throughout Activision Blizzard worldwide.
I want to reiterate that diversity, equity and inclusion will continue to be at the core of our company, our culture and our employee experience. Our commitment begins in the sourcing and recruiting process and is reiterated during onboarding and through alumni status. Our Code of Conduct is acknowledged by all employees - at every level - every year. New Hires are required to take our Way2Play Training and our Equality & Diversity training to ensure employees understand their responsibility.
Today, in fact, we were recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies and practices for the third year in a row, an achievement worth celebrating.
Our games change stereotypes and bring people together, regardless of race, religion, or cultural values. But, we can only accomplish this if our own talent truly represents the diversity of our nearly 400 million players around the world. We know all companies can do more to encourage diversity, inclusion and equity, but I am proud of our commitment to constant improvement and I am proud of the company wide commitment we all have towards fostering a diverse and equitable workplace. I am here because of this commitment, which is unwavering.