Activision Blizzard “considering” proposal to share harassment data publicly

Activision Blizzard shareholders voted to require the company to prepare and publish a harassment report during the 2022 AGM.

The California Department of Fair and Employment filed a lawsuit alleging workplace harassment at Activision Blizzard’s offices in July 2021. The company was also sued for misleading shareholders in relation to the lawsuit.

Activision Blizzard conducted an internal investigation and reported June 16 that there had been “no widespread harassment” within the company.

On June 21, Activision Blizzard held its annual stockholders’ meeting, and according to an official press release, approximately 67% of voting shares voted in favor of a non-binding proposal to release an official report on the company’s internal harassment investigation.

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Activision Blizzard shareholders approved an official report on harassment findings.

Activision Blizzard shareholders vote in favor of public harassment report

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli suggested in February that the company publicly report on its efforts to stop discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

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DiNapoli told the Washington Post, “The majority vote of shareholders speaks a loud language. Activision Blizzard needs to restore investor confidence and increase transparency about how it addresses harassment and discrimination in the workplace. We expect the company to act quickly on our concerns.”

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The report that emerged claims that Activision Blizzard hosted a workplace that was “similar to working in a fraternity house.”

Activision Blizzard’s official response to the proposal read, “We will carefully review the proposal to improve our future disclosures… We believe transparency with our stakeholders is critical to our commitment to the very best governance practices.”

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Joost van Dreunen, associate professor of gaming business at New York University’s Stern School of Business, told The Wall Street Journal, “It is clear to me from these voting results that shareholders see no need for significant changes to the operating structure , aside from working with the NYS Comptroller.”

The proposal is non-binding, so Activision does not have to publish an official report. We will provide an update when an official report is released from the company. Activision Blizzard “considering” proposal to share harassment data publicly

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