Dispute Prevention Pledge for Business Relationships©
The business community is focused not just on resolving disputes more effectively and efficiently but also on preventing them when possible. It is this call to action that gives rise to CPR’s Dispute Prevention Pledge for Business Relationships©. By this pledge, companies and other organizations recognize that disputes in business relationships impose costs in loss of resources, focus, and relationships. They further recognize that promptly addressing conflicts before they harden into disputes maintains business purpose, preserves cooperative working relationships, better ensures business continuity and saves costs.
Corporate Policy Statement and Law Firm Policy Statement on Alternatives to Litigation©
CPR revolutionized litigation and promoted the adoption of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) with its Corporate Policy Statement on Alternatives to Litigation© beginning in the early 1980s. Thousands of companies and law firms signed the “CPR Pledge©” and committed to consider ADR before filing suit. CPR’s policy statements are bilateral and bind signing parties to consider ADR methods.
21st Century Pledge©
In 2012, CPR released the 21st Century Pledge© committing companies to a more, systemic approach to dispute resolution that emphasized the development of processes and resources to better institutionalize ADR. Importantly, the signatories to this pledge committed to doing this unilaterally – pledging to seek ways to avoid litigation regardless of whether the opposing party has done so as well.
CPR Subject Matter and Industry-Specific Pledges
CPR also has a number of subject-matter and industry-based pledges and commitments that organizations can sign.
Finally, through a network of international agreements, including mutual recognition agreements, CPR and other international ADR groups have committed to promoting their respective pledges to encourage the use of alternatives for dispute resolution.
CPR’s Diversity Commitment
CPR recognizes the imperative of drawing upon the knowledge, experience and talents of all people in preventing and resolving disputes. We also understand that the field of dispute prevention and resolution has not been nearly inclusive enough in its selection of, and reliance upon, diverse neutrals (women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, persons living with disabilities or other under-represented groups). CPR launched its Diversity Commitment to drive greater inclusion of diverse neutrals in ADR matters.