The repercussions of allegations of sexual misconduct continue at Ubisoft, as
shares some internal email revealing how the company is dealing
with the situation. Word is they are creating a "multidisciplinary working
group" to find "better solutions and tools to detect, report and resolve any
incident or serious problem without delay and in an impartial manner." This will
include an "anonymous online reporting tool" they hope to have in place by the
end of this month. Ubisoft was implicated in reports of harassment and other
that resulted in a leave of
for Assassin's Creed creative director Ashraf Ismail and an
culture. They promised further steps, and the report on Gamasutra seems to
outline some of them. Here's a bit:
Cornet, meanwhile, explained Ubisoft
will also be launching an audit into its current processes and practices, along
with several investigations that will be conducted by external partners
including Rubin Thomlinson LLP and Reddock Law Group.
"These investigations can typically take two weeks to two months depending on
the case. While an investigation is ongoing, we are not able to communicate on
the details because we need to protect the confidentiality of all parties
involved and avoid influencing the investigator’s work," wrote Cornet.
"Some of these investigations end in sanctions (warnings with required training,
suspensions, dismissal), while others prove groundless. I hear the need for
greater transparency, and one of the ways we will do that is by better tracking
and sharing indicators on where we stand.
"As mentioned earlier this week, an audit into our current processes and
practices in each studio and office is needed to understand where we must
improve, reinforce and, if need be, integrate third-party expertise. These have
already been launched with external partners in certain locations."
Cornet added that every Ubisoft employee "needs to be able to step forward and
speak up." To that end, the company has pledged to implement an "anonymous
online reporting tool" by the end of July. All managers and HR managers will
also undergo "mandatory training," and new roles focused on "diversity and
inclusion" will be created to help follow up on reports of harassment and
"We want to multiply the channels and will be implementing an anonymous online
reporting tool by end of July," reads her email. "It will be managed by the
Corporate Social Responsibility team in HQ. In the meantime, we have set up [a]
mailing list and I want to thank those of you who have already reached out and
with whom we are in contact.