Activision Blizzard is facing ongoing backlash and a brand new investigation from SEC, and they’ve now responded to that investigation. The company says it’s committed to working with regulators to change its workplace policies to become more inclusive.
CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement that Activision Blizzard is “deeply committed to making Activision Blizzard one of the best, most inclusive places to work anywhere.” He added that “discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind” has no place at the company.
“While we continue to work in good faith with regulators to address and resolve past workplace issues, we also continue to move ahead with our own initiatives to ensure that we are the very best place to work. We remain committed to addressing all workplace issues in a forthright and prompt manner,” Kotick stated.
Activision Blizzard is currently working with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing with the intention of “improving its workplace policies and procedures and ensuring compliance.”
The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently served subpoenas to Activision Blizzard management, including Kotick. Activision Blizzard said they are “confident in its prior disclosures and is cooperating with the SEC’s investigation.”
The SEC is asking Activision Blizzard to turn over board meeting notes since 2019, personnel files of six former employees, and other documents. This is on top of seeking Kotick’s own notes with senior executives pertaining to complaints about sexual harassment and discrimination.
The case against Activision Blizzard first began in July, when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued the company for sexual harassment and discriminations against female employees.