The CEO also shared about cutting his own salary to make the proper changes in the company.
A ‘zero tolerance’ harassment policy will soon be implemented in the Activision Blizzard company. The said announcement was released through a letter by company CEO Bobby Kotick. Aside from that, five new rules will also be applied in the company.
5 new things to expect at Activision Blizzard company
In a report from IGN, Kotick published his announcement letter on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5:15 am. Highlighted on his letter are the things that will be soon implemented in the company.
All changes were basically part of Kotick’s application of fair treatment in his employees, especially with those workers with issues about sexual harassment in the office.
Here are the five new implemented rules in the Activision Blizzard, as announced by its CEO:
- Zero-tolerance harassment policy
- Increase workforce and presence of women by 50 percent
- No more arbitration of sexual harassment cases
- Track record of pay equity among men and women
- Regular progress updates
Let’s explain each point highlighted by Kotick in his letter.
As reported via Charlie Intel, the first and main point of discussion on Kotick’s email is the application of ‘zero-tolerance’ harassment policy in the company.
Based on several reports, Activision Blizzard has been facing a massive backlash over multiple lawsuits filed against the company. The majority of those filed cases identify the gaming company as having a widespread issue in sexual harassment, misconduct, and racism.
What’s worse is that the Activision did not reportedly do anything against those acts. Resulting in years of tormented cases and victims, who are all speaking out now against Activision.
Now, Activision Blizzard CEO Kotick expressed his apology over all the victims of their environment in the company. He said that he was sorry for the employees who felt that they don’t belong to a safe company with Activision.
But, he also thanked all other employees who continued to work for the company.
Through his vision of ‘zero-tolerance’ harassment policy, his ruling mainly states this:
“Any Activision Blizzard employee found through our new investigative processes and resources to have retaliated against anyone for making a compliance complaint will be terminated immediately.
In many other instances of workplace misconduct, we will no longer rely on written warnings: termination will be the outcome, including in most cases of harassment based on any legally protected category.”
The next thing that Activision Blizzard will do is to expand its number of women and non-binary workers in the company. Kotick shared that about 23 percent is the current population of their female and non-binary workers.
Now, the company wants to aim for a 50 percent rate on that number. Including that ruling is this:
“To further this commitment, we’ll be investing an additional $250 million over the next 10 years in initiatives that foster expanded opportunities in gaming and technology for under-represented communities.”
Kotick to cut his salary
Probably the biggest announcement in the said letter was Kotick’s suggestion of cutting his own salary to fund the said changes.
“Specifically, I have asked the Board to reduce my pay to the lowest amount California law will allow for people earning a salary, which this year is $62,500. To be clear, this is a reduction in my overall compensation, not just my salary. I am asking not to receive any bonuses or be granted any equity during this time.“