An interesting initiative to launch the Conflict Avoidance Pledge to the industry, led by leading professional bodies RICS, ICE, CIoA others including some major infrastructure clients. Avoiding conflict has to be in everyone's interest, as recovering position when it has all broken down is so costly all round as well as time-consuming.
This initiative aligns really well with the backbone of NEC contracts and the spirit of trust and collaboration that underpins many successful long term partnerships and frameworks.
If we communicate better, be clearer in how project requirements are defined, more open in the way risks are assessed, and pro-active in managing contracts, every party should benefit with greater certainty of outcome.
The Pledge will be officially launched in London in November. The Conflict Avoidance Pledge drives behaviour change in the land, property and construction industry by encouraging all organisations to consider their working practices and to move away from the culture of combative and dispute-heavy business relationships to a more collaborative approach. A ground-breaking collaboration The Pledge has been created by the RICS, the Royal Institution of British Architects, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and the International Chambers of Commerce UK, with support from Transport for London and Network Rail. These organisations have joined together in a ground-breaking coalition to help the industry reduce the financial and reputational costs caused by disputes.