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Business Mediation Network is pleased to offer mediation services to the members of the F4SS through the Business Conflict Forum®. Recognizing the high cost and distraction of litigating business disputes, F4SS members are encouraged to consider mediation where up to 80% of issues submitted are resolved after a mediation conference lasting only one or two days. The Business Conflict Forum® offers a straight-forward and convenient process to mediate business disputes that includes initiating the mediation, mediator selection, scheduling, coordinating the mediation conference and fee-sharing.

Parties submitting disputes to the Business Conflict Forum® can select a mediator who is familiar with their particular issues from BMN’s MEDIATOR ROSTER, which features a number of mediators with significant CPG industry experience including former members of the F4SS Board of Directors. These CPG industry veterans and BMN’s other seasoned business specialists are ready to assist CPG/FMCG marketers, external manufacturers, and secondary packagers as well as their customers, suppliers, lenders, partners, employees and others with whom they do business to resolve conflicts without litigation.  Finding mutually agreeable solutions to disputes through mediation saves time, money and valuable relationships.

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Submit a Dispute to the Business Conflict Forum® 

Please complete the F4SS / BCF SUBMISSION FORM and send it to BMN CONTACT. A representative of Business Mediation Network will contact you. BMN will waive its published Submission Fee for all parties to a dispute involving or referred by a member of the F4SS.

Become a Business Mediation Network Mediator

BMN invites qualified people with CPG experience to enroll in BMN’s Mediator Training program and become a BMN Mediator.  To learn more about the personal qualifications and training needed to become a successful business mediator, please visit BECOME A MEDIATOR or contact BMN at BMN CONTACT.

Refer Others

Business parties referred by F4SS members can also use the Business Conflict Forum ® on the same terms as members.  This allows F4SS members to assist their affiliates, suppliers, customers, etc. to avoid the disruption of lawsuits that can expose financial and other confidential information and threaten supply chain efficiency.

Learn About Mediation and the Litigation Rabbit Hole

Visit the BMN F4SS PRESENTATION PAGE to review the slides and listen to the audio of the presentation given by BMN Founder Paul Simon to the 2015 F4SS Connect Conference in San Diego entitled “Business Mediation: Avoiding the Rabbit Hole.”

Participate in Survey

Members of the F4SS  are invited to participate in a short on-line SURVEY seeking to identify the types of disputes facing F4SS members and their experiences with litigation and mediation. This survey is anonymous and is open to all who are involved in the CPG industry.  Information derived from the survey will be summarized in a future F4SS presentation and / or newsletter article.