“Mediate First” Pledge and the “Mediate First” Pledge Star Logo Award Scheme

“Mediate First” Pledge

In 2009, the Department of Justice ("DoJ") launched a campaign called “Mediate First” Pledge to promote the use of mediation to resolve disputes in Hong Kong ("Campaign"). The purpose of the Campaign is to encourage companies and organisations to make a pledge, namely the “Mediate First” Pledge (the "Pledge"). The Pledge is a statement of commitment to use mediation which is a flexible and constructive approach in resolving disputes. It allows parties to a dispute, with the assistance of an impartial mediator, to resolve conflicts in amicable and constructive ways that produce mutually acceptable settlement while keeping the risks, costs and time in control.

By making the Pledge, the Pledgee acknowledges its readiness to explore the use of mediation as a means of dispute resolution before resorting to other dispute resolution processes including court litigation. It is a confirmation and manifestation by the Pledgees of their commitment to use mediation.

So far, more than 850 companies, organisations/associations and individuals have made the Pledge.

MFP Logo

In the Campaign, the DoJ will distribute to Pledgees a “Mediate First” Pledge logo (“MFP Logo”) for display at their shops, outlets and/or workplace. A Pledgee may also adopt the MFP Logo (without any modifications) and display it on its letterhead and other publications. The MFP Logo serves to identify a Pledgee’s status as a subscriber to the Pledge. It also represents a commitment of the Pledgee to prefer mediation to other means to resolve disputes and the Pledgee’s recognition of the benefits of using mediation in resolving disputes.

MFP Logo“Mediate First” Pledge Logo

“Mediate First” Pledge Star Logo Award Scheme

On 13 June 2017, the DoJ formally launched the “Mediate First” Pledge Star Logo Award Scheme (“Award Scheme”). The first “Mediate First” Star Logo Award Presentation Ceremony was held during the “Mediate First” Pledge Event 2019.

Award of Star Logo

Under the Award Scheme, the DoJ will award a “Mediate First” Pledge Star Logo (“Star Logo”) to Pledgees who can demonstrate that they have met one or more of the criteria listed below (“Award Criteria”). The award of the Star Logo is a recognition of a Pledgee’s achievements in promoting and adopting mediation in the Pledgee’s practice. Similar to the MFP Logo, Pledgees who are awarded the Star Logo are encouraged to display it at their shops, outlets and/or workplace. Pledgees may also adopt the Star Logo (without any modifications) for display on their letterhead and other publications.

“Mediate First” Star Logo“Mediate First” Star Logo

Prior to the next “Mediate First” Pledge event, the DoJ will invite all Pledgees to fill in a questionnaire to indicate whether they have met any of the Award Criteria and to provide information in support. Those Pledgees who have met the Award Criteria will be awarded the Star Logo at the next “Mediate First” Pledge event.

Award Criteria

“Mediate First”

The Award Criteria are:

  1. a Pledgee has prepared and/or distributed promotional materials on mediation to its employees, subsidiaries, business partners/counterparts, customers, family and/or friends, etc.
  2. a Pledgee has included or agreed to include a mediation clause in any contracts made by the Pledgee.
  3. a Pledgee has adopted/followed guidelines for staff to handle customer complaints/workplace disputes by using mediation skills.
  4. a Pledgee has obtained satisfactory response on the use of mediation in handling complaints or disputes as evidenced by questionnaires or other written feedbacks.
  5. a Pledgee has organised or assisted in organising training on mediation, e.g. seminar or workshop, for its staff, or has nominated its staff or has encouraged/invited others to attend mediation-related training courses or seminars.
  6. any staff of a Company and Organisation/Association Pledgee, or an Individual Pledgee has attended mediation training course (e.g. Stage 1 Training Course on Mediation).
  7. any staff of a Company and Organisation/Association Pledgee, or an Individual Pledgee is an accredited mediator.
  8. a Pledgee has attempted to resolve dispute with any person through mediation and the number of such attempts are provided.
  9. a Pledgee has otherwise taken steps to promote the use of mediation to settle disputes and is able to provide details of the steps so taken.