The interest of German companies in conflict management in general and mediation in particular has concretized in the recent years, the exchange has, however, been started on a very sporadic level, and was restricted to some occasional contacts and conferences. In June 2007, a visit of SAP AG at E.ON Kernkraft GmbH took place with the aim of structurally adjusting of their efforts to establish the concept of mediation in the companies. Further companies showed interest in a constant exchange of experiences at the conference “Conflict Management II- from diagnostics to measures” held in November 2007 at Bucerius-Law School in Hamburg (for more information of the conference series look at “scientific monitoring”). As a result, E.ON and SAP began with the specific planning of the foundation of a round table and the targeted approach of companies willing to get involved in January 2008.

On 7th May 2008, the founding ceremony of the “Round Table on Mediation and Conflict Management of the German Economy” took place in Walldorf at SAP. It was attended by representatives of the companies SAP AG, E.ON Kernkraft GmbH, AUDI AG, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Deutsche Bahn AG, EnBW AG, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and Siemens AG. The Institute of Conflict Management at European University Viadrina was assigned the scientific monitoring of the Round Table.

The founding conference served especially as an inventory of current activities in the participating companies. Meanwhile, 14 working sessions of the RT took place.

So far, the meetings focused, inter alia, on the procedure optimization of the analysis of conflicts, selection of the procedure and case documentation by the legal department, the examination of concepts regarding the introduction of mediator pools and widespread conflict management systems as well as the implementation of EU directives with the topic of mediation of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

At the conference “Conflict management III- from components to the system” held in November 2009 at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, the Round Table has presented itself for the first time with its working committees to a broader public.