At Activision Blizzard, Inc., we are committed to doing the right thing. We rely on each and every one of our directors, employees, and contractors to conduct our business with integrity, honesty, and respect, and follow all applicable laws. This means promptly speaking up when you see something that you think is not right-including unethical behavior or violations of our Code of Conduct, policies or the law.
This Policy outlines how and when you should speak up and report conduct you believe violates a law, regulation or Company policy. It also outlines the rights and protections for those who come forward to report such concerns in good faith. We do not tolerate any form of retaliation against employees for making good faith reports, or any interference with their attempt or right to report. We take seriously, and investigate, complaints of retaliation against employees for making these reports.
This Policy applies to all directors and employees of the Company, no matter how senior or junior you are.*
Remember, when we refer to the "Company", that covers all parts of Activision Blizzard, including Activision, Blizzard, King, MLG, Activision Blizzard Studios or any individual studio you work for.
*For employees residing in France, please refer to the France-specific policy on this topic.
Report conduct that you know, or suspect, is a violation of (1) the law, government rules, and regulations; (2) our internal accounting controls or accounting and auditing practices and policies; or (3) our Code of Conduct or other policies.
For example, reportable conduct could include:
Never hesitate to come forward with a good faith report. When in doubt, it is always better to report your concern, as well as concerns or reports that you receive from people outside the Company, like vendors and other third parties.
Remember, our ability to investigate concerns or reports of retaliation is largely dependent on the quality and specificity of the information you provide, so please provide as much detail as possible.
There are a number of different ways you can report your concerns or any retaliatory conduct, and you should always use the one you feel the most comfortable with. For many of us, this will be our manager, but you can always reach out to any of the other resources on the Company's "ASK list":
The Integrity Line is a confidential website and telephone line, operated by an external third party vendor, that allows you to report concerns 24 hours a day. If you prefer, the Integrity Line allows you to report concerns anonymously (unless a local law prohibits anonymous reports)-however, providing your name allows us to contact you directly for further information as we investigate your concern, and may expedite the time it takes us to respond.
You can reach the Integrity Line by:
Reports submitted through the Integrity Line are automatically directed to our Chief Compliance Officer and appropriate members of the compliance team and may be escalated as appropriate.
If you are a manager or supervisor and you receive a report of an incident of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, you must escalate the report immediately to one of the resources on the ASK list.
Once a report is received:
It is very important that you do not conduct your own investigation. Just identify and secure any potentially pertinent information or documents you may already have in your possession. If the reported behavior or retaliatory conduct continues after making a report, please report it directly to someone on the ASK list.
We prohibit, and will immediately respond to, any retaliatory conduct against you for:
Remember, that making a "good faith" report doesn't mean your suspicions have to be correct. It just requires that you provide truthful and accurate information and have a reasonable basis to believe that the reportable behavior occurred, or is going to occur.
Prohibited retaliatory conduct can take many different forms, including:
If you ever suspect that someone is retaliating against you, or against any other employee or contractor, for speaking up in good faith, you should immediately report your concern using any of the methods described in this Policy.
Administration of this Policy must conform to all applicable laws governing protection of employees from retaliation. In the event that any law is in conflict with this Policy, the applicable law will prevail. Any exceptions to the requirements of this Policy must be approved by the Chief Legal Officer or Chief Compliance Officer of Activision Blizzard; provided that no exception can permit a violation of law.
Remember, the Company always has the right to supplement or modify this Policy at any time.
Please direct any questions you may have on this Policy to our Chief Compliance Officer or Legal Department.