Activision Blizzard is telling its shareholders not to vote on a recommendation for the company to publish a report on abuse and harassment that has come to light over the past year and beyond.
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As stated in a report from Aicsios yesterday (May 2), a filing from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from last week states that the Activision Blizzard board believes that “instead of diverting energy and resources towards the production of another report, we must continue responding directly to the concerns of employees. “
The shareholders’ vote will take place during the company’s annual meeting on June 21. The entire board of directors is unanimous against the idea of the report.
According to the filing, the report would include the aggregate dollar amount that Activision Blizzard has resolved on sexual abuse, harassment and discrimination cases over the past three years. It would also take into account the total number of pending cases, “consolidated pay and hour data” and the company’s progress in reducing the average time taken to resolve those cases.
The state of New York has submitted the proposal to this potential report (thanks to Axios), which Activision Blizzard says may be more difficult for the company to retain and hire employees in the face of public strikes and demands for change without engage with their employees. ”
“The recommended report itself,” says the board of Activision Blizzard, “even if completed after significant time and cost, a set of metrics would prove to be only the best measures of how the company is responding to employee concerns.”
“The board of directors is committed to accurately measuring the speed and effectiveness of our changes, and not based on metrics that do not exactly fit the circumstances of our company.”
An Activision representative told Blizzard to Axios is “committed to transparency” and “intends to continue that approach in the future.”
The report also estimates that Activision Blizzard has a negative impact on 2,500 employees, with a liability of approximately 745 million pounds ($ 930,320,000).
In response, Activision Blizzard stated that the speculative liability estimate appears to be based on faulty assumptions, inaccurate speculations about facts, and multiple mathematical errors.
In July last year, Activision Blizzard was sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for alleged sexual harassment, and again in September by the SEC.
Activision Blizzard’s position is also linked to ongoing labor organization efforts by developer Raven Software, its Quality Assurance department that forms the Game Workers’ Alliance (GWA) following strikes over pay and workplace treatment. Now, the GWA and Raven Software will vote on the formation of the union thanks to the National Labor Relations Board, and the countdown will take place on May 23rd.
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