We strive to create meaningful, responsible and focused social impact, whether it’s through our longstanding commitment to the veteran community or thoughtful responses to public health crises and natural disasters. Our efforts make a huge difference in people’s lives and the world. As a bonus, they provide countless opportunities for engagement to rally our people and build stronger teams.
Founded by our CEO, Bobby Kotick, the Call of Duty Endowment helps veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the civilian workplace. Since its inception in 2009, the Endowment has placed over 81,000 veterans in meaningful jobs against a goal of 100,000 placements by 2024. Along the way, the Endowment has been recognized with a host of awards for exceptional impact and transparency.
Each November, we hold our annual Veterans Day of Service when employees give their time to help those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and liberty. Since launching in 2014, employees in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia have filled over 5,400 volunteer slots serving more than 135 volunteer sites. Prior volunteer projects have included writing letters for active duty service members, spending quality time with elderly veterans to thank them for their service and listen to their stories, landscaping, painting, furniture building, construction, and creating care packages.
Across the company, we are focusing on the next generation of game-changers by investing in programs that provide underserved students with exposure to education and career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Blizzard Entertainment partners with a Girls Who Code, a nonprofit focused on closing the gender gap in technology, to host a seven-week program for girls to learn coding and gain exposure to careers in tech.
At King, we collaborate with Diversi, a nonprofit working for greater diversity in gaming. King also awards full scholarships to several women attending college/university each year, sending them to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Through collaboration with STEM Advantage, to mentor and prepare women and students in underserved communities, Ada College, a digital design program, and Hello World, a computer science enrichment program, King provides access to science and information technology to children of all backgrounds, helping them build careers in the tech industry.
We are living through unprecedented times, and we strive to be an interactive entertainment company that helps the global community. Our social and community response program includes a focus on advancing care for the world’s population, and we have started by channeling our energy and resources to advance research and therapeutics in the fight against COVID-19. And when our global communities need us in response to natural disasters, we are there, having supported relief efforts around the globe with organizations like Team Rubicon, which puts military veterans to work in the toughest disaster recovery situations.