Ubisoft CEO Promises Change

Change Starts Today on the Ubisoft Website shares an internal letter from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot outlining plans to alter the culture of the company, which has been a focal point of recent criticism of harassment in the games industry. A post just yesterday discussed Ubisoft's problems, and this new post discusses solutions:
Dear all,

The situations that some of you have experienced or witnessed are absolutely not acceptable. No one should ever feel harassed or disrespected at work, and the types of inappropriate behavior we have recently learned about cannot and will not be tolerated. To those of you who have spoken up or have supported colleagues, I want to be clear: you are heard, and you are helping drive necessary change within the company.

We have significant work to do to improve the ways in which we operate and collaborate, and I am personally committed to ensuring we make these fundamental changes. They need to be profound, and we need to implement them quickly at all levels of the organization.

Specifically, I have decided to revise the composition of the Editorial Department, transform our human resource processes, and improve the accountability of all managers on these subjects.

We are not looking for a quick fix, but rather a structural shift at Ubisoft that fully aligns with our values – values that do not tolerate toxic behaviors and where everyone feels safe to speak out. We must do everything we can to ensure no one is in these situations ever again. With this in mind, I also am putting in place a series of initiatives that will serve as a roadmap as we listen, learn, and act. I will need everyone to work together to build and implement them so that respect for others remains one of the pillars of Ubisoft's culture.

Appointment of a Head of Workplace Culture
I have appointed Lidwine Sauer to oversee all our efforts in this area. Lidwine is familiar to some of you from her role as a Projects Director in the Strategic Innovation Lab, and I am very pleased that she has agreed to take on this responsibility. As I already told Lidwine, she is empowered to examine all aspects of our company’s culture and to suggest comprehensive changes that will benefit all of us. Lidwine will report directly to me in this new capacity and will create an international and diverse multidisciplinary working group within Ubisoft to support these efforts. She will share more details with you about this taskforce next week.
Employee Listening Sessions in All Locations
Starting Monday, we will begin hosting a series of employee listening sessions, which some of you already have organized informally. These are not Q&A sessions or town hall meetings; the goal of these sessions is to actively and considerately listen to your experiences and concerns, as well as your suggestions for improvement. They will be held on Teams and will be moderated by different external facilitators. Your managing directors will notify you of the dates for these sessions and how to attend.

Launch of a Global Employee Survey
To complement these sessions, we will be launching a global employee survey on this subject within the next two weeks. We are in the process of finalizing it now. Our aim is to encourage candid feedback, and I ask that everyone please participate. It will be entirely anonymous and will provide us with extremely valuable insights to spur change within the company.

Ongoing Investigations into Allegations
In response to recent allegations, we launched a series of investigations that are being led by independent third parties. I know that many of you are eager to hear the results of these investigations. However, we must take the time necessary to ensure that they are carried out with the required rigor. When they are concluded, all appropriate actions will be taken. Should additional allegations or claims be brought to our attention, we will fully investigate those, as well.

In addition, Ubisoft has set up an online confidential alert platform enabling employees as well as external individuals to report harassment, discrimination and other inappropriate behaviors, including those that infringe on our Code of Fair Conduct. To ensure anonymity and confidentiality, this platform is administered by a third party, Whispli, and complaints are reviewed by a committee of CSR and legal experts.

Comprehensive Review of Policies & Procedures
We are in the process of selecting an external consulting firm to audit and improve our procedures and policies. They also will rely on the feedback from the group questionnaire and listening sessions to feed their thinking. My goal is to ensure Ubisoft’s policies and procedures are best in class. We will share the audit’s results and the subsequent changes that are rolled out as they happen.

Diversity & Inclusion
In parallel, we are creating the new position of Head of Diversity and Inclusion, who will report directly to me. I am committed to improving diversity across the organization, including in all of our management teams.

These concrete actions are just the beginning of profound changes at all levels. I am convinced that, all together, we will build a better Ubisoft for the benefit of all.

Again, I want to express my appreciation to those of you who have had the courage to speak up. Know that my door is always open to you if you wish to express your concerns directly to me. We have a lot to accomplish, and I am determined to make this change happen.

Yves
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Jul 4, 2020, 13:42
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Jul 4, 2020, 13:42
 
Quinn wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 19:01:
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 16:13:
Quinn wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 13:23:
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 00:05:
TriggleDiggle wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 23:42:
I've lost count of the times I've been told to reject a young student for a position simply because of their race and gender.

I don't know exactly what the context is here, but if you're in the US you need to report this immediately. It violates various civil rights laws to reject an applicant for a job based on race or gender. You could even be found personally liable if the person were to sue.

Uhm, have you missed the Ridiculously Stupid Memo of this Era? People confuse equality of opportunity with equality of outcome. They want the latter. In this way, rejection because of race and gender is inevitable. Report immediately? Don't be silly.

It's not silly. It's highly illegal to reject people based on their race or gender and if you have proof, they will get the hammer dropped on them. That guy said he was told to reject an applicant because of their race and gender, so I assume it was explicit enough that they didn't feel they could hire the person. In fact he said it had happened countless times, so it's a pattern of behavior at his employer. Not reporting it is irresponsible.

It's extremely irresponsible, I of course agree. But there are people who want equality of outcome instead of opportunity. I think even members on Bluesnews. If that comes into fruition, people will be rejected because of their race and/or gender. Wasn't this the case with Justin Trudeau where he wanted 50% of the politicians in his party to be female? I forgot the details and it's one Google search away...

You of course agree? didn't you just post how it was silly? Again, no one is asking for equality of outcome, just equality of opportunity. Just because you say it, doesn't make it real
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Jul 4, 2020, 04:26
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 4, 2020, 04:26
Jul 4, 2020, 04:26
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 19:23:
50% more. Think of all the women you could make unwanted advances on.

OK exact same implications and a product of the equality of outcome idea.

Oh Redeye9, if you wait until you know your advance is wanted... you'll stay the lonely single basement dweller forever.
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Jul 3, 2020, 19:23
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 3, 2020, 19:23
Jul 3, 2020, 19:23
 
50% more. Think of all the women you could make unwanted advances on.
A mask is not a political statement.
It's an IQ test. It's a compassion test. It's a decency test. It's a social responsibility test.
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change
Jul 3, 2020, 19:01
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 3, 2020, 19:01
Jul 3, 2020, 19:01
 
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 16:13:
Quinn wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 13:23:
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 00:05:
TriggleDiggle wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 23:42:
I've lost count of the times I've been told to reject a young student for a position simply because of their race and gender.

I don't know exactly what the context is here, but if you're in the US you need to report this immediately. It violates various civil rights laws to reject an applicant for a job based on race or gender. You could even be found personally liable if the person were to sue.

Uhm, have you missed the Ridiculously Stupid Memo of this Era? People confuse equality of opportunity with equality of outcome. They want the latter. In this way, rejection because of race and gender is inevitable. Report immediately? Don't be silly.

It's not silly. It's highly illegal to reject people based on their race or gender and if you have proof, they will get the hammer dropped on them. That guy said he was told to reject an applicant because of their race and gender, so I assume it was explicit enough that they didn't feel they could hire the person. In fact he said it had happened countless times, so it's a pattern of behavior at his employer. Not reporting it is irresponsible.

It's extremely irresponsible, I of course agree. But there are people who want equality of outcome instead of opportunity. I think even members on Bluesnews. If that comes into fruition, people will be rejected because of their race and/or gender. Wasn't this the case with Justin Trudeau where he wanted 50% of the politicians in his party to be female? I forgot the details and it's one Google search away...
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change
Jul 3, 2020, 16:13
NKD
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 3, 2020, 16:13
Jul 3, 2020, 16:13
NKD
 
Quinn wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 13:23:
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 00:05:
TriggleDiggle wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 23:42:
I've lost count of the times I've been told to reject a young student for a position simply because of their race and gender.

I don't know exactly what the context is here, but if you're in the US you need to report this immediately. It violates various civil rights laws to reject an applicant for a job based on race or gender. You could even be found personally liable if the person were to sue.

Uhm, have you missed the Ridiculously Stupid Memo of this Era? People confuse equality of opportunity with equality of outcome. They want the latter. In this way, rejection because of race and gender is inevitable. Report immediately? Don't be silly.

It's not silly. It's highly illegal to reject people based on their race or gender and if you have proof, they will get the hammer dropped on them. That guy said he was told to reject an applicant because of their race and gender, so I assume it was explicit enough that they didn't feel they could hire the person. In fact he said it had happened countless times, so it's a pattern of behavior at his employer. Not reporting it is irresponsible.
Thou art an artless, greasy tallow-catch.
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Jul 3, 2020, 14:00
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 3, 2020, 14:00
Jul 3, 2020, 14:00
 
Quinn wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 13:23:
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 00:05:
TriggleDiggle wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 23:42:
I've lost count of the times I've been told to reject a young student for a position simply because of their race and gender.

I don't know exactly what the context is here, but if you're in the US you need to report this immediately. It violates various civil rights laws to reject an applicant for a job based on race or gender. You could even be found personally liable if the person were to sue.

Uhm, have you missed the Ridiculously Stupid Memo of this Era? People confuse equality of opportunity with equality of outcome. They want the latter. In this way, rejection because of race and gender is inevitable. Report immediately? Don't be silly.

wtf are you even saying? No one is asking for equality of outcome. What's silly about reporting immediately in this case where the guy says he was told to deny based on their race where that is clearly illegal ??
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change
Jul 3, 2020, 13:23
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 3, 2020, 13:23
Jul 3, 2020, 13:23
 
NKD wrote on Jul 3, 2020, 00:05:
TriggleDiggle wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 23:42:
I've lost count of the times I've been told to reject a young student for a position simply because of their race and gender.

I don't know exactly what the context is here, but if you're in the US you need to report this immediately. It violates various civil rights laws to reject an applicant for a job based on race or gender. You could even be found personally liable if the person were to sue.

Uhm, have you missed the Ridiculously Stupid Memo of this Era? People confuse equality of opportunity with equality of outcome. They want the latter. In this way, rejection because of race and gender is inevitable. Report immediately? Don't be silly.
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Jul 3, 2020, 08:59
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 3, 2020, 08:59
Jul 3, 2020, 08:59
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 23:26:
NKD wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 22:43:
Cutter crying about the poor oppressed white males again?

If something may possibly impact him, top outrage.
If not, then you're a snowflake for even bringing it up

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Jul 3, 2020, 07:08
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Jul 3, 2020, 07:08
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 20:10:
...suuuuuure you will.

Man, if I had a single € for every fake PR promise from a company made on the internet I'd be rich. It takes a lot more than a press statement to change anything in monolithic work units.
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Jul 3, 2020, 00:05
NKD
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 3, 2020, 00:05
Jul 3, 2020, 00:05
NKD
 
TriggleDiggle wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 23:42:
I've lost count of the times I've been told to reject a young student for a position simply because of their race and gender.

I don't know exactly what the context is here, but if you're in the US you need to report this immediately. It violates various civil rights laws to reject an applicant for a job based on race or gender. You could even be found personally liable if the person were to sue.
Thou art an artless, greasy tallow-catch.
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change
Jul 2, 2020, 23:42
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NKD wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 22:43:
Cutter crying about the poor oppressed white males again?

I dont know what examples Cutter is talking about, But I've seen plenty of disgraceful sexism aimed at women during my time in the tech industry, And over the last 5 years or so its been largely replaced with equally disgraceful racism and sexism directed at "straight white men".
On the rare occasions it gets called out the defense is always the same as yours "Boo-hoo poor oppressed white men". And its often coming well off successful white guys who assume that because they're wealthy and successful that means its ok for him to sabotage the careers of people who are struggling so long as they look similar, In an attempt to make themselves look noble.
I've lost count of the times I've been told to reject a young student for a position simply because of their race and gender. And then they ask me what they did wrong or how they could improve. What the hell do I say? Sorry you were just born the wrong race?
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Jul 2, 2020, 23:26
Beamer
 
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 2, 2020, 23:26
Jul 2, 2020, 23:26
 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jul 2, 2020, 22:43:
Cutter crying about the poor oppressed white males again?

If something may possibly impact him, top outrage.
If not, then you're a snowflake for even bringing it up
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change
Jul 2, 2020, 22:43
NKD
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 2, 2020, 22:43
Jul 2, 2020, 22:43
NKD
 
Cutter crying about the poor oppressed white males again?
Thou art an artless, greasy tallow-catch.
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change
Jul 2, 2020, 22:30
Dev
 
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 2, 2020, 22:30
Jul 2, 2020, 22:30
 Dev
 
If, as reports have seemed to say, this is a company wide endemic problem, that kinda thing usually starts from the top.
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Jul 2, 2020, 21:36
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 2, 2020, 21:36
Jul 2, 2020, 21:36
 
.....

This comment was edited on Jul 3, 2020, 04:57.
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Jul 2, 2020, 20:13
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 2, 2020, 20:13
Jul 2, 2020, 20:13
 
They seem to be talking the talk, now we will watch and see if they start walking the walk.
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Jul 2, 2020, 20:10
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change Jul 2, 2020, 20:10
Jul 2, 2020, 20:10
 
...suuuuuure you will.
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Jul 2, 2020, 19:47
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Looks like they’re taking it seriously. Way to go UBISoft.

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It's an IQ test. It's a compassion test. It's a decency test. It's a social responsibility test.
Cover Your Eyes for even more protection.
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Re: Ubisoft CEO Promises Change
Jul 2, 2020, 19:41
Cutter
 
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So I guess that includes at least a living wage and good benefits as well as stock and/or profit sharing for everyone from the lowest end of the food chain on up? No more crunch time? etc. No? I didn't think so. So nothing but feel good affirmative action garbage and witch hunts against white males. Yeah, that'll be hugely successful. So long Ubisoft.

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