Activision Blizzard shareholders vote for annual abuse report

Activision Blizzard shareholders vote for annual abuse report

Shareholders in US publishing giant Activision Blizzard have voted in favour of preparing a proposed annual report about how the company is preventing abuse.

The measure was proposed by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in February of this year and will have the Call of Duty giant disclose information about how the company is handling allegations of abuse. 67 per cent of shareholders voted with the proposal, per a post on Activision Blizzard's investor relations page

The report will disclose the number of disputes the company has settled, the total number of complaints of abuse, harassment or discrimination, how Activision Blizzard is reducing the amount of time it was taking to resolve these complaints. Finally, the company will have to disclose how many hours people work and how much they have been paid.

It is worth noting that though this was approved by shareholders, the vote itself is non-binding, meaning that Activision Blizzard ultimately doesn't have to follow through.

88 per cent of shareholders approved the company's executive compensation proposal, considerably more than the 54 per cent that voted for the proposal last year. No doubt this is due to CEO Robert Kotick cutting his pay  – both salary and bonuses – considerably until the problems with Activision Blizzard's working culture have been amended.

Meanwhile, 95 per cent voted against a proposal to nominate an employee representative director.

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