Activision Blizzard Adding Oversight

This press release from Activision Blizzard is the latest damage control from the company as it remains embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal that's reached all the way to the top. The latest attempt to solve this problem by upper management additions rather than subtractions is to appoint a couple of independent directors, a new "diverse director" to the board, and form a Workplace Responsibility Committee. The announcement notes that "it is clear that current circumstances demand increased Board engagement" before saying "the Board is confident in the actions underway to set the Company up for future success." Here's the plan:
The Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) Board of Directors today announced that it has formed a “Workplace Responsibility Committee” (the “Committee”), initially comprised of two independent directors, to oversee the Company’s progress in successfully implementing its new policies, procedures, and commitments to improve workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination at the Company. The Committee is being chaired by Dawn Ostroff, an independent director since 2020. Reveta Bowers, an independent director since 2018, will serve on the Committee. In addition, the Company is working to add a new, diverse director to the Board.

The Committee will require management to develop key performance indicators and/or other means to measure progress and ensure accountability. The Chief Executive Officer, Bobby Kotick, along with the Chief People Officer and Chief Compliance Officer will provide frequent progress reports to the Committee, which will regularly brief the full Board. The Committee is empowered to retain outside consultants or advisers, including independent legal counsel, to assist in its work.

The Activision Blizzard Board is committed to ensuring a healthy workplace in which all employees feel valued, safe, and respected. Our Audit Committee has been kept apprised of developments, including the EEOC and DFEH investigations. The Board supports the numerous steps taken by management since 2018 to improve workplace culture, including centralizing the human resources function in 2019 to ensure greater consistency and accountability, strengthening and increasing training, and, most recently, improving methods for reporting and responding to complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Beginning in October, the Board has been meeting bi-weekly for in-depth assessments on related plans and progress and also now receives detailed written weekly reports. The Board remains committed to helping drive significant, additional improvements.
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Nov 24, 2021, 07:20
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Anyone who has ever worked in a large enterprise where the top dogs revel in treating people badly, know when they create a new top dog position like this, the entire job is to be prepared at a moments notice to minimize and silence whistleblowers, make related lawsuits go away, and sweep any embarrassing issues under the rug.
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Nov 24, 2021, 05:31
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Nov 24, 2021, 05:31
 
If anyone is seriously expecting Kotick to step down or be ousted, that just isn't going to happen. Ubisoft's culture was just as bad, and it remains pretty much intact personnel-wise. A few token firings to sate the masses here and there, then done. The best we can hope for is that douchebags are under scrutiny enough that they don't really have room to be douchebags. Trouble with that is people have a notoriously short attention span.
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Nov 24, 2021, 04:34
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Nov 24, 2021, 04:34
 
So in other words....ActiBlizz will finally be getting an HR department?
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Nov 23, 2021, 18:24
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Re: Activision Blizzard Adding Oversight Nov 23, 2021, 18:24
Nov 23, 2021, 18:24
 
Avus wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 14:06:
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 13:04:
thecakeisalie wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 11:42:
Translation: Bobby Kotick is going nowhere

Yet.

Preparing a multi-million CEO parachute need time...

Yeah that's the pain he'll feel, a given.
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Nov 23, 2021, 16:07
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Re: Activision Blizzard Adding Oversight Nov 23, 2021, 16:07
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Bodolza wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 15:51:
Paragon of Virtue wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 13:35:
Firing Bobby Kotick won't magically make the workplace different.

Yes, there's a good chance it would. Corporate culture is set from the top down. People take their cultural cues from their manager. They learn what's normal and acceptible by mirroring of the behaviour to those whom they're resposible to, since you're best rewarded by emulating your boss. The values of a company are set by the person at the top, so just changing that one person can have a significant effect on company culture.

Yup. In the STTNG episode Chain of Command, the crew's morale significantly improved after Captain Jellico left the Enterprise and Picard was back in command.
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Nov 23, 2021, 16:05
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Hardline Mike wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 15:59:
Abide wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 14:04:
Everything woke turns to poop.

Uh I don't think ActiBlizz troubles come from being "too woke"

You're so naive, NKD. Clearly the problem isn't sexually harassers, it's people that have a problem with sexual harassers!
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Nov 23, 2021, 15:59
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Nov 23, 2021, 15:59
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 11:26:
If douche bag is still the ceo and oversaw all of the allegations doing nothing,
how is possible to solve them with him still there. He is the problem. Protest

Chief Executive 'Sexual Harassment' Officer
Remove 'He' I object
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Nov 23, 2021, 15:59
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Nov 23, 2021, 15:59
 
Abide wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 14:04:
Everything woke turns to poop.

Uh I don't think ActiBlizz troubles come from being "too woke"
Burrito of Peace wrote:
tell them their DMCA doesn't mean shit and to go eat a bowl of dicks.
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Nov 23, 2021, 15:58
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Nov 23, 2021, 15:58
 
New director unqualified unless they are woke, confused, unbiased, LGBTQXYZWTF.
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Nov 23, 2021, 15:51
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Re: Activision Blizzard Adding Oversight Nov 23, 2021, 15:51
Nov 23, 2021, 15:51
 
Paragon of Virtue wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 13:35:
Firing Bobby Kotick won't magically make the workplace different.

Yes, there's a good chance it would. Corporate culture is set from the top down. People take their cultural cues from their manager. They learn what's normal and acceptible by mirroring of the behaviour to those whom they're resposible to, since you're best rewarded by emulating your boss. The values of a company are set by the person at the top, so just changing that one person can have a significant effect on company culture.
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:42
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:42
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Acleacius wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 14:34:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 14:29:
Tryhard Activision. Also, I wonder if Bobby Kotick will override the Diverse Director's recommendations to fire a lead who engages in improper behavior?
No, we have proof he won't and didn't. Just a guess but I'll bet he's seen at least 100 complaints and not done anything tangible. Police Slap
Seriously? That was a rhetorical question.
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Kxmode wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 14:29:
Tryhard Activision. Also, I wonder if Bobby Kotick will override the Diverse Director's recommendations to fire a lead who engages in improper behavior?
No, we have proof he won't and didn't. Just a guess but I'll bet he's seen at least 100 complaints and not done anything tangible. Police Slap
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:29
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Re: Activision Blizzard Adding Oversight Nov 23, 2021, 14:29
Nov 23, 2021, 14:29
 Kxmode
 
Tryhard Activision. Also, I wonder if Bobby Kotick will override the Diverse Director's recommendations to fire a lead who engages in improper behavior?
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:24
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:24
 
Is this added Oversight an ingredient responsible that will in turn make Diablo 4 great again?

I would be so very Thankful. Glasses2
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:20
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:20
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 13:04:
thecakeisalie wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 11:42:
Translation: Bobby Kotick is going nowhere

Yet.
I mean, we all die eventually.
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Re: Activision Blizzard Adding Oversight
Nov 23, 2021, 14:06
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:06
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 13:04:
thecakeisalie wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 11:42:
Translation: Bobby Kotick is going nowhere

Yet.

Preparing a multi-million CEO parachute need time...
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Nov 23, 2021, 14:04
 
Everything woke turns to poop.
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Nov 23, 2021, 13:51
 
"We are adding a committee because OBVIOUSLY the people who run this company are too busy to deal with all this nonsense going on!"
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Nov 23, 2021, 13:41
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Nov 23, 2021, 13:41
 
Whatever steps they take, they have shown that management and the board are completely rotten to the core. Truly disgusting people.
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Nov 23, 2021, 13:35
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Nov 23, 2021, 13:35
 
I may be a bit out of the loop, but all this yelling for heads and change... what exactly are the aggrieved suggesting Activision Blizzard do? I mean concretely? I've yet to see anyone speak about this, it's mostly just a lot of noise and "we won't take it!", which is fine, but much better if there was a "... and here's what we can do about it in the long run" added to it.
Firing Bobby Kotick won't magically make the workplace different. A culture change needs much more than that, but knowing a little more than "he has to go" would be a start imo.
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