Activision’s internal investigation finds no “systemic issue” with harassment | Ars Technica
Last November, The Wall Street Journal published a damning report alleging that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick withheld information about harassment allegations from his board of directors. The report also suggested that Activision executives failed to act decisively to address the kind of widespread complaints contained in a California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) lawsuit filed last July.
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday, Activision’s board of directors said the company has concluded its own thorough investigation of those claims, which it says shows that “we are not a company that looks the other way.”
After consulting with external advisers, talking with employees, and reviewing contemporaneous notes, Activision writes “that there is no evidence to suggest that Activision Blizzard senior executives ever intentionally ignored or attempted to downplay the instances of gender harassment that occurred and were reported.” The company’s board of directors also didn’t withhold any information from the company, Activision writes.
We are writing to provide you with an update on the work that the Board and its Workplace Responsibility Committee of independent directors have been doing related to our workplace. The allegations in media and legal filings about our company were as distressing to us as they were to all of you. The Board resolved that we would dig into these issues directly, go where the facts took us, and that our work would be supplemented and informed by independent investigation and analysis conducted with the assistance of well respected, experienced outside experts with deep subject matter expertise.
Sous les projecteurs des médias pour une culture toxique et des tentatives de dissimulation des plaintes par la direction des ressources humaines, Activision publie les conclusions des enquêtes interne et externe : il n’y a rien à voir, tout va bien.