Last year Ubisoft was plagued by several cases of workplace harassment in its offices. Situations such as the abandonment of Ashraf Ismail, creative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or the repeated complaints by employees about disrespectful behavior tarnished the image of the French company.
Following CEO Yves Guillemot ‘s statement that “it is clear that we have fallen short in the past. We must do better,” the president has now published a statement expressing the steps taken by Ubisoft to ensure the well-being of its workers.
Guillemot first acknowledges that “not all team members were experiencing the safe and inclusive workplace that we intended.” He assures that from that moment they took the initiative to ” listen, learn and build a roadmap for a better Ubisoft.”
Battery of measures to avoid behaviors
The company has created several channels through which members can report any inappropriate behavior and under the guarantee of anonymity. This information is received by an independent external audit, Accenture, which is intended to ensure impartiality.
About 14,000 employees participated in group evaluations, with anonymous questionnaires and another 2,000 participated in groups and listening sessions. The result has been a ” strengthening of our nondiscrimination and harassment policies.” In turn, different processes have been created in the HR department and the internal Code of Fair Conduct has been updated, which will have to be signed by all workers when it is published in June.
The commitment does not end here. Mandatory modules focused on fighting harassment and discrimination have been progressively being implemented. Finally, new members have been appointed at the executive level trained in the expectation of maintaining the best possible work environment.
Work is not done
Guillemot says that “considerable progress has been made and we will continue to work hard with the ambition to become an exemplary workplace in the technology industry.” What’s more, he sets an example when it comes to setting goals to overcome in this area.
“Both I and management have a responsibility to act as role models and role models for our teams. I want to emphasize my personal commitment to continue to improve our workplace culture and create real, lasting and positive change at Ubisoft.”
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