Ubisoft head honcho Yves Guillemot has detailed the progress the French publishing giant has made following widespread allegations of sexual harassment and toxic work environment aimed at multiple teams within the company last year.
Guillemot published his writings on the Ubisoft blog, and they come following claims from French outlet Le Telegramme that Ubisoft had only made small changes.
Last June, we faced the fact that not all team members were experiencing the safe and inclusive workplace that we had always intended Ubisoft to be. Since then, we have engaged in a company-wide effort to listen, learn and build a roadmap for a better Ubisoft for all.
With this in mind, I want to summarise the work we have done and the direction in which we are headed.
The Ubisoft boss revealed that 14,000 employees within the company engaged in “group-wide assessments, including an anonymous questionnaire,” and that 2,000 employees attended “focus groups and listening sessions.”
We have recently implemented a new performance criterion to our compensation scheme with specific expectations for managers. This new attribute will focus on our ability to care for people, behave inclusively, and foster a safe and respectful work environment.
The executive assured that “considerable progress” has been made at Ubisoft following the allegations, and that it will “continue to work hard with the ambition of becoming an exemplary workplace in the tech industry.”
10,000 team members connected live to virtual town halls in early May, where we shared the latest progress being made, and we will continue to share regular updates with them.
Management – myself included – have a responsibility to act as role models and be exemplary for our teams. I want to stress my personal commitment to continue to improve our workplace culture and create real, lasting and positive change at Ubisoft.
Ubisoft is one of many publishers that will be taking part in the digital-only E3 2021 event next month.
[Source – Ubisoft]