This illustrative Green Pledge outlines concrete steps that each of us can take to reduce the impact on the climate of each mediation we conduct. We acknowledge, as the inspiration for this, the Pledge for Greener Arbitrations by the arbitrator, Lucy Greenwood.

Please sign up below to show your support for this initiative which could, we hope, have a real impact on our behaviour and fundamentally change the way in which we conduct mediations.

The Pledge is broad enough to allow all those involved in mediation to make changes to their behaviour and to lead the way in responsible mediating. It offers a foundation which, we hope, mediators will build upon with their own further measures tailored to their practices.

Please feel free to augment or adapt the pledge as you wish.

As one supporter writes:

“This pledge is a commitment that has no end and whether it is formalised or just remains a contract to myself—it feels really good to have begun it. Thank you for giving me the nudge!”

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The Pledge

“As a mediator committed to ensuring that I minimise the impact on the environment of every mediation I am involved in, I will ensure that, wherever possible:

  • If screen sharing/video technology is appropriate, accessible and acceptable to all concerned, I will encourage its use in all aspects of my mediation practice;
  • At all times during the mediation process, I will consider the most environmentally friendly way to travel if travel is necessary;
  • I will offset the carbon emissions of any flights I make to and from mediations while recognising that this is not in any way a substitute for avoiding flying and will only fly when it is necessary to do so;
  • At all times during the mediation process I will only correspond through electronic means, unless hard copy correspondence is expressly required in the circumstances, while recognising that electronic communication itself is carbon emitting and should be limited to what is necessary;
  • I will not request hard copies of documents to be provided to me unless there is a special need to do so and I will discourage the use of hard copy documents generally;
  • I will encourage parties and their advisers to consider the necessity of participants attending mediation in person if that attendance involves significant travel and is not necessary;
  • Wherever possible, I will encourage parties and their advisers to consider the most environmentally friendly venue for their mediation. At mediation venues, in rooms in which I am mediating I will encourage, wherever possible, an environmentally friendly approach to the use of consumables (for example the avoidance of single-use plastic) and the use of energy (for example reviewing the level of air conditioning and heating);
  • I will consider the appropriateness of travelling to, and my mode of travel to and from, conferences and other events and wherever possible will encourage and use live streaming/remote participation options;
  • I will take steps to reduce the environmental impact of my office/workplace; and
  • I will seek to raise awareness of this pledge, for example by referring to it on my website and/or email footer.”

Sign the Pledge

    Seu Primeiro Nome (obrigatório) | Il Tuo Nome (necessario) | Vaše jméno (povinné) | Nombre (requerido) | Keresztneve (kötelező) | Имя (обязательно) | 名(必須事項)| Adınız (gerekli) | Ihr Vorname (erforderlich) | Prénom (obligatoire) | Prenumele (obligatoriu) | 您的姓名(必填):葉娉婷 | 您的姓名(必填):叶娉婷 |

    Seu Último Nome (obrigatório) | Il Tuo Cognome (necessario) | Vaše příjmení (povinné) | Apellido (requerido) | Vezetékneve (kötelező) | Фамилия (обязательно) | 姓(必須事項)| Soyadınız (gerekli) | Ihr Nachname (erforderlich) | Nom (obligatoire) | Numele de familie (obligatoriu) | 您的別名(必填):葉娉婷 | 您的别名(必填):叶娉婷 |

    Nome da Organização ou Companhia | Nome della Societa’/Organizzazione | Název společnosti/organizace | Compañía / nombre de la Organización | Vállalat/szervezet neve | Название компании/организации | 会社・組織名 | Şirket/Kuruluş Adı | Firmen-/Organisationsname | Société/organisation | Numele companiei/organizației | 公司/ 組織名稱:香港仲裁師協會 資深會員 | 公司/ 组织名称:香港仲裁师协会 资深会员 |

    Contato Email (obrigatório) | Indirizzo email (necessario) | Kontaktní e-mail (povinné) | E-mail de contacto (requerido) | Email (kötelező) | электронная почта (Обязательно) | メールアドレス(必須事項)| E-posta (gerekli) | Kontakt E-Mail (erforderlich) | Courriel (obligatoire) | Adresa Email (obligatoriu) | 電郵地址 | 电邮地址 |

    País | Stato | Země | País | Ország | Страна | 国 | Ülke | Land | Pays | Țara | 國家/ 地區: 中華人民共和國香港特別行政區 | 国家/ 地区: 中华人民共和国香港特别行政区 |

    Escolhas GDPR. 1. Gostaria de dar apenas a minha assinatura. 2. Gostaria de dar a minha assinatura e permitir o uso do meu nome e email para entrarem em contato comigo em relação ao Compromisso Ecológico
    Privacy. 1. Voglio inserire la mia sola sottoscrizione. 2. Voglio inserire la mia sottoscrizione ed autorizzo l’uso del mio nome e del mio indirizzo email per contattarmi in relazione all’Impegno Verde
    GDPR. 1. Chci pouze podepsate. 2. Chci podepsat a dále souhlasím s tím, že můžete použít mé jméno a e-mail, abyste mě kontaktovali v souvislosti s tímto Zeleným slibem
    RGPD. 1. Quisiera enviar solamente esta firma. 2. Quisiera enviar esta firma y también pueden utilizar mi nombre y mi e-mail para contactarme con respecto al Compromiso Verde
    GDPR. Adatvédelem. 1. Csak az alábbi aláírásommal szeretnék hozzájárulni a kezdeményezéshez. 2. Szeretnék az aláírásommal hozzájárulni a kezdeményezéshez és felhasználhatják a nevemet, valamint az e-mail címemet arra, hogy kapcsolatot tartsanak velem a Zöld Fogadalommal kapcsolatban.
    GDPR.Варианты Общего регламента защиты персональных данных ЕС. 1. Я предоставляю только свою подпись. 2. Я предоставляю свою подпись, и даю согласие на использование моего имени и адреса электронной почты, чтобы связаться со мной относительно Зеленого Обязательства.
    選択. 1. 私は署名のみを提出します。2. 私は署名を提出し、さらに気候変動に関する世界調停人同盟が、環境への誓約に関して私の氏名、メールアドレスを利用して連絡することに同意します。
    Avrupa Birliği Genel Veri Koruma Tüzüğü (GDPR) seçenekleri. 1.Yalnızca bu imzayı göndermek istiyorum. 2. Bu imzayı göndermek istiyorum ve Yeşil Taahhüt ile ilgili olarak benimle iletişime geçmek için adım ve e-posta adresimi verebilirsiniz
    DSGVO-Auswahl. 1. Ich möchte nur unterschreiben. 2. Ich möchte unterschreiben, und Sie können meinen Namen und meine E-Mail verwenden, um mich in Bezug auf das Grüne Gelöbnis zu kontaktieren
    Choix RGPD. 1. Je souhaite soumettre uniquement cette signature. 2. Je souhaite soumettre cette signature et vous autorise à utiliser mon nom et mon adresse courriel pour me contacter en relation avec l’Engagement Vert
    Opțiuni GDPR. 1. Aș dori să depun doar această semnătură. 2. Aș dori să trimit această semnătură și puteți folosi numele și e-mailul meu pentru a mă contacta în legătură cu Angajamentul Verde

    1. I would like to submit this signature only2. I would like to submit this signature, and you may use my name and email to contact me in relation to the Green Pledge

    Some helpful wording

    • for possible inclusion in a mediator’s administrative or contractual paperwork:

    “Green Pledge

    [x organisation and] the mediator is/are (a) supporter(s) of and signatory(ies) to the World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change (WoMACC) Green Pledge.  

    I/We have committed to minimising the environmental impact of each mediation in which I/we are involved in the ways outlined in the Pledge, including avoiding unnecessary travel and using electronic technology wherever possible.

    I/We are also committed to encouraging those with whom we mediate similarly to minimise their carbon emissions. 

    The full pledge is also included in [x/my] [Terms of Engagement which are attached to our draft Agreement to Mediate]. I/We invite the parties to give consideration to the Pledge.”