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We strive for trust, respect, and dignity in everything we do. Our people are the most important part of our organization, and we succeed when each one of us feels safe and included to bring our creative best to work. This chapter is all about how we foster a work environment where integrity and responsibility drive our interactions, so all of us can thrive.
It comes down to one simple, yet important word: Respect. We all want a workplace that feels safe and comfortable when we interact with each other. We must work well together to achieve our goals. Each of us is expected to do our part to create a respectful workplace culture – one that is free of bullying, bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination.
We prohibit these actions in any form – physical, verbal, or non-verbal – including:
Note that the types of conduct prohibited in the Code are generally broader than those prohibited by law.
Diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a company. With our unique talents and great mix of people, we spark innovation, create stronger teams, and stay ahead of our competition. And it’s up to each one of us to help maintain an inclusive work environment that fosters respect and reflects the diversity of the communities where we operate. Our company prohibits discrimination or making employment-related decisions on the basis of a person’s legally protected characteristic.
Drugs and Alcohol: Know the Policy
Building relationships and socializing at work can be an important part of a great culture, but we must keep our workplace safe, inclusive, and enjoyable for all. No alcohol is permitted at Activision Blizzard offices, and no one is permitted to drink while working. It’s also never okay to possess, use, or be under the influence of illegal drugs while on the job. Abusing drugs or alcohol at work, or before work, can lead to safety issues, damage your business relationships, or hurt your productivity and innovation.
Gambling on Esports can create integrity risk for you - and our company. Check out the Esports Gambling Policy* to learn more about what is not allowed in this area.
Violence is prohibited. Period. This includes threats, intimidation, or any act of violence whatsoever. If you ever encounter or hear about workplace violence or threats of workplace violence, contact someone on the ASK List*. If someone is in immediate danger, do not hesitate to contact the local authorities.
We comply with all applicable workplace laws. This can be a complex area, so always reach out to someone on the ASK List* if you have questions. Of course, we don’t tolerate retaliation against employees for asking questions or attempting to invoke their rights under applicable laws.
The ASK List* is your key go-to resource. It’s a list of people and resources that you can turn to if you have questions, need some advice, or want to report something. You can choose whatever channel or resource makes you the most comfortable. No matter the circumstances, you can reach out to anyone on the ASK List:
You can always reach out to your Way2Play Heroes* for guidance about your reporting options.
We want you to understand more about the Integrity Line so you can decide if it is the right option for you. The Integrity Line is a confidential website and telephone line, operated by an external third-party vendor, which allows you to report concerns 24 hours a day. If you prefer, the Integrity Line allows you to report concerns anonymously. However, providing your name allows us to contact you directly, while still protecting your confidentiality to the extent possible; it also allows us to ask you for further information as we investigate your concerns and may impact our ability to respond and expedite the time it takes us to do so.
You can reach the Integrity Line by:
Reports submitted through the Integrity Line are automatically directed to members of the Way2Play Ethics & Compliance team and may be escalated as appropriate.
“My team loves to joke a lot, but recently I’ve noticed a few people making explicit remarks about one of the people on our team and their dating life. They don’t seem to mind, but it’s making me uncomfortable. Is this a problem?”
“Yes. It’s important to speak up. Making explicit remarks is a violation of our Code. If you are a People Leader, you have an elevated responsibility to say something. Inappropriate comments about people’s personal lives could escalate to other bad behavior, so bringing awareness to it immediately matters. Reach out to anyone on the ASK List* or learn more about bystander intervention in the Workplace Integrity Policy*.”
Remember, the Code of Conduct is not intended to prohibit or infringe on an employee’s rights to discuss wages, hours, working conditions, or other terms and conditions of employment or to otherwise engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.