More News on the New CPR Corporate ADR Pledge

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By June 4, 2013 | Print

There’s more news on the 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge, a significant new initiative announced by the CPR Institute at its January 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Below is a full list of the pledge’s Founding Signatories, along with links to recent discussions on the importance of the effort to corporate legal practice and the CPR Institute.

CPR is perhaps best known for its original Corporate Policy Statement on Alternatives to Litigation, which has enlisted more than 4,000 operating companies as signatories over the past three decades.

The original pledge, established in 1984, is not being retired. Instead, the two exist in tandem. The new pledge focuses on systems.

The text of the 21st Century Pledge states, “Our company pledges to commit its resources to manage and resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation and other ADR processes when appropriate, with a view to establishing and practicing global, sustainable dispute management and resolution processes.”

It is accompanied by these prefatory remarks: “Our company believes the costs, delay and damage to relationships resulting from adversarial litigation practices have risen to levels that are unsustainable in the present day global business arena. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practices developed over the last 30 years have encouraged more cost-effective and collaborative solutions. Nevertheless, we recognize innovation and advancement need to continue. We believe it is a priority to explore the use of cost-efficient, sustainable, dispute resolution; [w]e believe that our businesses can and should engage in a systematic and collaborative approach to dispute management and resolution with domestic and global customers, suppliers, partners and competitors; [w]e believe that outside counsel can be an integral part of our dispute management team and law firms schooled in ADR can better serve our legal needs; [w]e believe that disputes can be resolved using ADR methods so that the outcome enhances both the company’s short-and long-term well-being, as well as sustaining its vital business relationships. In recognition of the foregoing, we subscribe to the following statement of principle on behalf of our company and its global subsidiaries.”

The 21st Century Pledge’s “Founding Signatories” were announced at the CPR meeting, on Jan. 17-19 at Torrey Pines Lodge in San Diego. See “CPR Launches New 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge,” 31 Alternatives 34 (March 2013).

The Founding Signatories are:

  • AAR Corp.
  • AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Akzo Nobel N.V
  • Amgen Inc.
  • Bechtel Group, Inc.
  • BP pic
  • ConocoPhillips Co.
  • Danaher Corp.
  • E. I DuPont de Nemours & Co.
  • Fluor Corp.
  • FMC Technologies Inc.
  • General Electric Co.
  • GlaxoSmithKline pic
  • IBM Corp.
  • International Paper Co.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Northeast Utilities
  • PepsiCo Inc.
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Raytheon Co.
  • Rodan + Fields LLC
  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC
  • Teradata Corp.
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Xerox Corp.

More information about the 21st Century Pledge can be found at

There’s more: Peter J. Rees QC, who is Royal Dutch Shell’s legal director, focuses on the new pledge, among other tactics and techniques, in “How to Manage Disputes in a Flat World,” an article he has co-written with CPR President and CEO (and Alternatives publisher) Kathy Bryan in the new June ACC Docket, a magazine published by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Last month, Rees, a CPR Institute board member, discussed his company’s strong backing of the 21st Century Corporate Pledge. See “Shell Groups’ Top In-House Lawyer Endorses CPR Institute’s 21st Century Pledge,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (May 19, 2013) (available at

In April, in the same publication, Kathy Bryan explained the pledge, and why it is important that companies use it as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce litigation. That Metropolitan Corporate Counsel article is available here:

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