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CPR and CIESP/FIESP Sign Pledge Mutual Recognition Agreement


International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration of CIESP/FIESP Sign Pledge Mutual Recognition Agreement 

Agreement continues charge toward global, thoughtful approach to conflict resolution 
New York (Oct. 13, 2015) The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) increases the global reach of its Pledges with its signing, today, of a Pledge Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration of the Center of Industries of the State of São Paulo/Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (CIESP/FIESP). The signing will take place at an event hosted at CIESP/FIESP in São Paulo, Brazil.   

The Pledge agreement provides for signatories “to promote the use and education of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) [...], especially mediation and arbitration, [...] and to agree on principles of reciprocity concerning CPR Pledges and the CIESP/FIESP Mediation Pledge (‘Pacto de Mediação’).” FIESP launched its Mediation Pledge – which was inspired by the CPR Pledges – in November 2014; the Pacto de Mediação already has more than 100 signatories.

A Brazilian industry organization affiliated with the National Industry Confederation (CNI), FIESP represents 131 employers’ trade unions and 130,000 industries in the state of São Paulo. The Center of the Industries of the State of São Paulo provides services and assistance to its associates, gathering more than 10,000 associated companies. CIESP/FIESP’s Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration engages in the management of conciliation, mediation and arbitration procedures regarding private disputes on civil and commercial matters since 1995, with autonomy and independence, and it is one of the leaders in the Brazilian market. As the legal framework for mediation has been recently enacted in Brazil (Law n. 13,140, from 26 June 2015), the Chamber is concentrating  its efforts in order to increase the use of  mediation, as well as of other ADR mechanisms, helping to reduce the excessive number of lawsuits in the Brazilian courts.

The goal of the CPR Pledges is for signatories to explore the use of more thoughtful, collaborative and cost-efficient dispute resolution and management approaches, in their dealings with domestic and global customers, suppliers, partners and competitors. CPR has already signed Pledge mutual recognition agreements with CBMA (Brazil), CMAP (France), and ICMA (Ireland).  In addition, the Center for Efficient Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan (CAM) are CPR’s 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge Exclusive Partners in the United Kingdom and Italy, respectively.

“We are delighted to be signing this Mutual Pledge Recognition Agreement with CIESP/FIESP, which is such a valuable resource for companies in Brazil,” said CPR President & CEO Noah Hanft. “CPR is constantly pioneering the use of and innovation in ADR, and with this agreement we further expand the reach of our mission to drive a global conflict prevention and resolution culture. CPR’s Pledge agreements play an important role in reducing the time and costs associated with litigation, and boost our signatories’ global competitive edge.” 

“Such initiatives, as the CPR Pledges and the CIESP/FIESP Mediation Pledge, play an important political and social role to civil society, stimulating companies to settle disputes with their own efforts, through the use of mediation and other appropriate mechanisms,” said Prof. Kazuo Watanabe, President of the Superior Council of CIESP/FIESP’s Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. “That is the best way a civil society contributes to the proper construction of the justice of a country, especially like Brazil, whose Judiciary system is overloaded.”

About CPR  
CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that, for more than 35 years, has helped global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently. Our membership consists of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. CPR is unique as: (1) a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture; (2) a developer of cutting-edge tools and resources, powered by the collective innovation of its membership; and (3) an ADR provider offering innovative, practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and neutrals worldwide. For more information, please visit

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