Activision Blizzard (GAM), the world’s second-largest games publisher, has announced the formation of a Diversity and Inclusion Council to promote greater diversity across the company’s varied internal teams.
The company also unveiled a “comprehensive new diversity and inclusion program,” which includes expanded mentoring and recruitment, “a more inclusive corporate culture,” and better access to diversity and inclusion consultants and community experts.
“This is an important time for our company, a time to step up, to truly rise to the challenge of creating a cultural culture that’s built on inclusion and recognition of the inherent goodness in all people,” the company wrote in its blog.
The council, which was created in a board-approved resolution last month, is comprised of more than a dozen leaders from across Activision Blizzard’s business segments, including product development, marketing, legal, HR, community relations, communications, and finance. It will be led by Wanda Meloni, who is currently the company’s senior vice president of talent and diversity. In addition to creating and implementing the company’s new diversity strategy, the council will also work together to recruit and train new talent into the company.
“We’re committed to this, and we’re going to take that commitment to heart,” said Meloni in a phone interview with Business Insider.
Meloni has worked at the company for 20 years, prior to which she held leadership positions with companies such as Electronic Arts and Walt Disney. She says that she was encouraged to get involved with the new council by one of her colleagues, who is on the advisory board for Wake Forest University’s women’s basketball program. The university has long prided itself on its inclusionist practices, she said, and was the latest in a long line of companies that wanted to learn more about what works and what doesn’t for its outreach.
“When I joined the board, people asked me about all the stuff I had built with the help of women in sports — got me excited about these efforts to become more inclusive,” Meloni said.
The company also thanked fans for reaching out during the period following the death of co-founder and former CEO Bobby Kotick in March. “People will come to associate your name with work that brings joy to a billion people,” the company wrote in its blog post, acknowledging Kotick’s “commitment to companies that celebrate diversity and inclusivity.”