Today, CEO Bobby Kotick shared the following email with our employees:
In July, I shared that we would be devoting the resources necessary to make certain we have the very best workplace culture. I also committed to ensuring that Activision Blizzard would continue to improve with the goal of becoming the most welcoming, inclusive workplace in the entertainment industry. We will continue to provide our 400 million players with the very best games and become a company emulated and admired for our culture and the success a great culture can enable.
I want to again thank all who have shared their concerns and experiences. We will continue to listen closely, and I deeply appreciate your courage, commitment, and conviction.
There is always more to do, but we have made good progress. You have seen us exit a number of employees, we have expanded compliance resources, and this week, Julie Hodges becomes our new Chief People Officer. Julie is joining us from The Walt Disney Company. She will work alongside Brian Bulatao and me to ensure that our work environments are inclusive, safe, inspiring, equitable, and respectful to all. For me, Disney has had a long history of being one of the world’s most admired brands with the world’s most admired franchises. I intend to ensure that our franchises and brands are viewed with the same admiration anchored by commitment and creative excellence.
Julie will oversee a Human Resources operation that has been reshaped with wider capabilities, a commitment to expanded Employee Relations resources, and a more experienced staff. We will continue to invest significantly in our People function so that we become recognized worldwide as a center of excellence. You also will find us increasing our investment in the franchise-level component of the people function so that over time, every franchise will have dedicated resources for talent acquisition as well as personnel operations. Our growth and our requirement to have diverse talent committed to excellence and respect will now start in the franchises themselves.
You have undoubtedly heard and read about various government agencies conducting investigations of the company. We continue to engage productively with regulators, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) with the goal of improving our workplace policies and procedures and ensuring compliance excellence. We also confirmed that we are cooperating with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation and are confident in our prior disclosures.
Thanks in part to feedback from employees across the company, we continue to identify important areas for improvement in training and development. And we are rolling out an improved personnel evaluation process that will include opportunities for employees to provide upward feedback of their direct supervisors.
Your input also is helping identify additional ways to provide a better system for capturing and responding to workplace concerns. We have moved quickly to increase the number of resources available to ensure faster complaint investigations and, when necessary, prompt action.
While we are working to address the various government investigations as promptly as possible, we will not avoid the inevitable media scrutiny that comes from these efforts. Our focus will be on improving our company, and of course, focusing on making great games for our hundreds of millions of players.
Creating the very best place to work is my unwavering commitment. There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind. We will continue to act decisively to make sure every part of this company lives up to our shared values.
Thank you for continuing to work so hard under challenging circumstances.