Andrey Andreev, Founder and CEO of Badoo, has announced an internal investigation into workplace culture after a recent Forbes report raised a number of concerns.
13 former employees spoke to the publication, some named, and details emerged about alleged bullying and harassment cases from early in the company’s history.
Badoo has enlisted the help of Peninsula Group, a UK-based firm which offers HR and health & safety support for small businesses, to get to the bottom of any current issues. The online dating brand will make the results of the investigation public once it has concluded.
In a statement, Andreev said:
“I am truly shocked and saddened by the allegations detailed in the Forbes article. First, I want to apologise to any Badoo employee who felt disrespected or was made to feel uncomfortable in any way. I am deeply sorry.
“While I maintain that many of the sensational accusations do not reflect the Badoo that so many of us are proud to be a part of today, the accounts from the distant past by those who claim they endured a toxic work environment under my leadership are extremely alarming. I know that I must do more to listen and be a leader in my actions to create a safe and inclusive environment at Badoo.
“The company has hired an independent organisation, Peninsula Group, to formally investigate claims of injustice. Anyone who has information of misconduct within our workplace is encouraged to contact Peninsula Group, which will ensure the protection and confidentiality of all complainants. We commit now to making the findings of the investigation public and implementing the recommendations in our business.
“Now more than ever, it is the responsibility of MagicLab and our brands to champion diversity and inclusion across our culture, our technology, and our communities.”
Last year, the CEO sent a letter to employees declaring that discrimination would not be tolerated at Badoo. In January, the company responded to negative Glassdoor reviews by surveying female employees at its London office.
Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder of Bumble, also released a statement this week concerning the article in Forbes. She invited anyone from any of Andreev’s brands to contact her, saying she would be “an ally and open ear”.
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