ESG Controversy Case Study:

Activision Blizzard

May 23, 2022

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During the summer of 2021, Activision Blizzard was accused of covering up allegations of workplace abuse, harassment, and discrimination, which led to employee walkouts and protests. Several days after the lawsuit was filed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, it was revealed that management had prior knowledge of these allegations, but failed to take remedial action. The RavenPack ESG Controversy Framework detected these events as follows:

ESG Controversy Case Study:

Activision Blizzard

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Contr o v ersy Score 0 2 4 J ul 2021 Oct 2021 J an 2022 Labor conditions Employee relations Management and board July 20th, 2021 The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Inc, denouncing a culture of harassment and discrimination. July 27th, 2021 Employees stage a walkout to protest the toxic culture at the company. Separately, it is revealed that management had prior knowledge of these allegations but failed to take action. November 16th, 2021 A Wall Street Journal report is published including more details about the workplace culture at Activision, alleging that the CEO Bobby Kotick had prior knowledge of the matter from internal reports.

It's often difficult to follow all the news to build a complete ESG picture, particularly when events are less reported. Benefits from local and global newswire coverage, RavenPack’s ESG Controversy Framework gives investors the opportunity to identify companies involved in controversial events reported in local news outlets before the information reaches the mainstream media. Furthermore, RavenPack’s decades-long news archive and global coverage provides investors with the ability to derive insights from a unique source of sustainability signals.

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