Construction Companies Pledge to Avoid Conflict

Six leading construction institutions, and two of the UK’s biggest construction employers, have launched the Conflict Avoidance Pledge, which aims to reduce the number of disputes in the construction industry, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which has signed up to the initiative.

The pledge, created by the Conflict Avoidance Coalition Steering Group “is a voluntary commitment self-assessment open to any organisation or firm regardless of size or location”, RICs says.

The Pledge
The Pledge is the focal point of a wider campaign to drive behaviour change in the way relationships and disputes are managed in construction to reduce the financial and other costs associated with disputes.

The initiative involves promoting cooperation between contracting parties and helping people and organisations to understand and use conflict management measures, which will help to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget.

Over 50 industry bodies have signed the Pledge.

The Steering Group is developing toolkits and guidance on the value of conflict avoidance and early intervention techniques for the use of Conflict Avoidance Pledge signatories.

The Steering Group is comprised of senior representatives from:

  • 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


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