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Press release

5 DEC 2017

ICC (UK) sign Conflict Avoidance Pledge at Annual Arbitration Forum 2017

The International Chamber of Commerce in the UK (ICC United Kingdom) has signed the Conflict Avoidance Pledge today, committing to work proactively with industry partners to avoid conflict by identifying, promoting and utilising conflict avoidance methods.

The Conflict Avoidance Pledge has been created by the Conflict Avoidance Coalition, which is being lead by the RICS. The pledge is driving behaviour change in the land, property and construction industry by encouraging all organisations to consider their working practices and the way they deal with disputes. The pledge is voluntary and self-assessed, can be signed by any organisation or firm regardless of size or location, and will be officially launched in London at the end of January 2018.

The Conflict Avoidance Coalition

The pledge was created by several of the UK’s leading professional bodies for construction and engineering, who joined together to form the Conflict Avoidance Coalition, which aims to help the industry reduce the costs of conflict, and to ensure major infrastructure and property development projects are delivered on time and on budget. These organisations are:

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) United Kingdom
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)
  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)
  • Transport for London
  • Network Rail

The ambition of this collaboration is to promote greater understanding and use of conflict avoidance techniques, which help contracting parties deal with differences of opinion early and amicably, and avoid costly, slow and potentially damaging litigation. The collaboration is also developing initiatives to inform the industry about the added value of these techniques and how to access and use them.