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CPR Announces Strategic Plan through 2017

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Media Contact: Wendi Chason

21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge© leads the way for global ADR
and enhanced services

New York, NY, June 26, 2012
– The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), the leading independent resource helping global businesses and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently, released its Five Year Strategic Plan. In 2011, CPR underwent a Strategic Planning process led by CPR Board of Directors member, Peter Zeughauser, of The Zeughauser Group. The process involved CPR's leadership and members in a year-long effort aimed at aligning its mission and strategy with the highest value activities to its membership and to the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The process identified four goals, which have been approved by CPR's Board of Directors:
  • Develop and disseminate a 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge© that moves beyond CPR’s original Corporate Policy Statement on Alternatives to Litigation© launched in 1984, by creating sustainable domestic and international dispute resolution processes beyond a bilateral agreement;
  • Enhance CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals by developing additional services and credentialing tools and creating greater community among CPR’s Panelists;
  • Invest in international initiatives in Brazil, Europe and Asia; and
  • Explore strategic alliances which will provide enhanced opportunities for CPR’s member organizations.
Chairman of the Board Hon. William H. Webster strongly supports the objectives outlined in the plan and stated "these goals map a course for CPR that will enable us to provide resources to the legal community and to continue our thought leadership role by addressing the next frontiers for commercial disputes."

With the four strategic goals identified and CPR's value to its supporters defined, a new mission was approved by the Board of Directors:

"CPR is the leading independent resource helping global businesses and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more effectively and efficiently."

CPR’s President and CEO, Kathy Bryan said, “this mission represents CPR’s 33 year history of education and research in the field of commercial dispute resolution as well as our commitment to the future through our continued leadership in the legal field as our economic borders expand globally. The four goals will serve as guides as we provide our members with the services and intellectual leadership they value most.”

The first of the four goals is already being implemented. CPR has formulated its 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge© and has begun a campaign to add to its current roster of over 4,000 signatories. This statement of beliefs affirms the principles of managing and resolving disputes, when appropriate, and sets forth the goal of establishing and implementing global dispute management and resolution processes. Ms. Bryan added that CPR is developing an ADR toolkit for all Pledge© signers. “This is exactly the type of practical resource that our members told us they valued.”

"Justice is an evolutionary process," Judge Webster concluded, "and CPR continues to be ahead of the curve."

About CPR:

CPR is the only non-profit membership organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. For over 30 years, the legal community has trusted CPR to deliver superior arbitrators and mediators and innovative solutions to business conflict.

In 1979, CPR started this legacy by being the first to bring together Corporate Counsel and their firms to find ways to lower the cost of litigation. Since that time, CPR has changed the way the world resolves conflict by being the first to develop an ADR Pledge©. Today, this Pledge© obliges over 4,000 operating companies and 1,500 law firms to explore alternative dispute resolution options before pursuing litigation. CPR is once again changing the way the world solves conflict by introducing the 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge©. This new Pledge© will systemically change the way global business and their leaders resolve complex commercial disputes.

CPR’s membership comprises an elite group of ADR trailblazers, including executives and legal counsel from the world’s most successful companies and global law firms, government officials, retired judges, highly-experienced neutrals, and leading academics. CPR accomplishes its mission by harnessing the expertise of these leading legal minds who will challenge the way the world resolves conflict for generations to come. For more information, please visit