ADR & Negotiation Research Institute
What is new?
with former chief FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss on
the secret of gaining the upper hand in negotiation.
October 22nd (ACB) and 23rd/24th 2012 Chris will
be teachign seminars in Amsterdam again
Educational video and accompanying teaching material on good mediation
ACB Foundation is approved by the
International Standards Commission (ISC) of IMI as the worlds first
Inter-Cultural Qualifying Assessment Program (ICQAP). ACB is therefore
empowered to assess mediators for their mastery of Inter-Cultural
dynamics and to qualify them for IMI Inter-Cultural
For information on IMI Inter-Cultural Certification
For information on ACB Foundations ICQAP
was formed in 1998 by (legal) professional associations and businesses
-among which the Dutch Employers Association VNO-NCW
that saw a need for a high-quality infrastructure in the field of
conflict management and commercial mediation representing their
Objective and mission
objective is to secure the quality of business mediators and business
mediaton provider services in the interest of the users, as well as to
promote the use of
dispute resolution in commercial conflicts. The
foundations objective is furthered by research and development of new
forms of dispute resolution, organizing Round Tables and making
available international assessments and Reviews for IMI
(International Mediation Institute) certification.
Founders and funding
The founding members of ACB are 18
companies, 11 large law firms as well as 4 consulting organizations.
Starting from 2003 more member organizations
joined the foundation. Including the year 2008 member organizations as
well as VNO-NCW have supported the foundation financially.
The Foundation currently operates through income generated by the
services that ACB offers, general support by business ADR providers
recognized by ACB like Result ACB, as well as funding and subsidies for specific
Foundation operates under the name ACB Foundation instead
of ACB Mediation.
“Turn your dispute from a business
threat into a business opportunity”
Cees Van Lede,
Chairman of the Board of
Akzo Nobel NV
and the Foundation ACB.