Ubisoft has published the results of an internal survey carried out in response to recent allegations of workplace misconduct which have tarnished the French publisher’s reputation. An anonymous survey of almost 14,000 Ubisoft employees found that 20% of respondents didn’t feel “fully respected or safe in the work environment” and that 25% had witnessed or experienced workplace misconduct over the past two years.
The results, which were shared with media outlets including The Verge, also revealed that women and non-binary employees witnessed or were more likely to be victims of harassment than men.
Ubisoft survey : 20% of employees don’t feel fully respected or safe
The study was conducted by a third-party research firm in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment, sexism, and racism this summer. The allegations resulted in a handful of senior Ubisoft figures stepping down or being fired including chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, who oversaw all of the company’s games as head of its influential editorial team.
Ubisoft’s Canadian studios MD Yannis Mallat, global head of HR Cécile Cornet, veteran creative director Maxime Béland, and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail are also no longer with the company.
In a letter published alongside the survey results, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the company has introduced new anonymous harassment reporting mechanisms, is in the process of updating its code of conduct, and is carrying out compulsory company-wide anti-sexism and anti-harassment training.
witnessed workplace misconduct in the past two years
The survey found that women experienced harassment at the company 30% more commonly than men, with that number rising to 43% for non-binary employees.
Of those who reported an incident, only 66% felt that they were properly supported by management.
Combining that survey with a cultural audit conducted by Accenture and incorporating roughly 100 interviews and 40 focus groups, Guillemot said the company identified four things it needs to address and improve as soon as possible:
- Guarantee a working environment where everyone feels respected and safe
- Putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do
- Refocus and strengthen our HR function
- Make the managers of the group accountable and empower them
On the first point, Guillemot said Ubisoft has implemented new channels for people to report and escalate incidents anonymously. Additionally, the company is “completely revising” its code of conduct and setting up mandatory anti-sexism and anti-harassment training for employees.