As an arbitration community, we have talked about how we might arbitrate climate change issues. We have not spent the same amount of time talking about how as a community we might address climate change.
The time has come to address our contribution to the climate emergency facing us all. The pledge outlines concrete steps that each of us can take which will reduce the impact of each and every arbitration upon the climate. Please sign up below to show your support for this small initiative which could, I hope, have a major impact upon our behaviour and fundamentally change the way in which we habitually conduct arbitrations. The pledge is intended to be broad enough to allow all those involved in arbitration to make small changes to our behaviour and to lead the way in responsible arbitrating.
With special thanks to HFW law firm for the logo.
As an arbitration practitioner committed to ensuring that I minimise the impact on the environment of every arbitration I am involved in I will ensure that, wherever possible:
At all times during the arbitration I will consider and question the need to fly;
At all times during the arbitration I will only correspond through electronic means unless hard copy correspondence is expressly required in the circumstances;
As an arbitrator, I will not request hard copies of documents to be provided to me;
As an arbitrator, I will discourage the use of hard copy bundles in hearing rooms;
As an arbitrator, I will suggest, and as counsel I will consider, where appropriate, that witnesses give evidence through video-link rather than attend hearings in person;
I will review the level of air conditioning in hearing rooms;
As an arbitrator, I will not travel unnecessarily to deliberate with my co-arbitrators, and will use screen sharing/video technology instead;
As counsel, I will not travel unnecessarily to conduct fact finding or other interviews with witnesses and will use screen sharing/video technology instead where appropriate;
I will offset the carbon emissions of any flights I make to arbitration hearings.