More on Ubisoft versus Misconduct

The repercussions of allegations of sexual misconduct continue at Ubisoft, as Gamasutra 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 misconduct that surfaced last week that resulted in a leave of absence for Assassin's Creed creative director Ashraf Ismail and an internal investgation of their 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 discrimination.

"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.