Co-operator Newsletter Issue: April 2018

Co-operatives: The Solidarity of the Common Men

Interview with Mr Lim Boon Heng, Chairman of NTUC Enterprise
“No organisation should believe it has arrived.
If it does so, it will surely decline, and lose its relevance.
That is the case with the social enterprises under
NTUC Enterprise Co-operative Ltd.
So if we believe we have arrived, we will be disrupted, and soon be history.”
Mr Lim Boon Heng (Chairman, NTUC Enterprise) details the challenges NTUC's social enterprises face in this digital age and the need to harness the power of digital technologies to become more effective, innovative and disruptive.
Image of person heavily in debt

Touching Lives: There is a WAY out

“I could not eat nor sleep. I didn’t know the way out. Every month my take home pay went into paying the loan interest,” Mdm Tan said. Why is Mdm Tan in this dire straits?

SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Singapore Co-ops Help Ensure Healthy Lives

Ensuring healthy lives is another SDG and the Singapore Co-operative Movement strives to provide a variety of offerings from nursing home and mobile clinics to healthcare financing and travel services to better the lives of all.

Caregiver from NTUC Health with senior

Uber of Eldercare Services

According to the Singapore Department of Statistics, 900,000 Singaporeans will reach the age of 65 and above by 2030. Check out how NTUC Health Co-op helps combat the rising demand from ageing population.

CCF grants

New CCF Development Grant

Effective 1 April 2018, the new CCF Development Grant will streamline overall grant administration process, making it easier for co-ops to understand and use.

Youth blindfolded in RunningHour activity

SCOOP Trail 2018

It was an exciting day filled with brain teasers and adventurous tasks where participants get to learn about the co-operatives movement in Singapore...

SNCF CEO, Ms Dolly Goh, welcoming Thai delegates

SNCF Welcomes Thailand's Credit Co-ops!

An 18-member delegation of the Federation of Savings and Credit Co-operatives of Thailand Limited (FSCT) visited Singapore to learn more about the co-operative movement in Singapore.

Asia Pacific Cooperative Development Conference in Sri Lanka

Asia-Pacific Co-operative Development Conference

More than 100 delegates from over 20 countries participated in the Asia Pacific Co-operative Development Conference. SNCF CEO shared how SNCF reaches out to the youth.

selfie at NTUC FairPrice

A selfie at NTUC FairPrice, Singapore that has a social mission to moderate the cost of living. #thatsacoop

Join our "That's a Co-op" contest and win SGD100 worth of vouchers!

Open to local and international submissions. Take a selfie with a co-op and hashtag #thatsacoop on instagram. And you could walk away with SGD 100!

ACLC event at Phuket

Annual Co-operative Leadership Conference

Date: 21 - 24 April 2018 (Sat - Tue)
Venue: Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort, Phuket, Thailand

WCUC event in Singapore

World Credit Union Conference (WCUC)

Credit Co-ops from Singapore can apply for CCF grant to attend WCUC. The first two registrants enjoy 90% subsidy and 3rd registrant, 50%.

ACCU Credit Union forum in Philippines

Asian Credit Union Forum (ACCU)

SNCF will be leading a delegation to the Asian Credit Union Forum which will be held in Manila, Philippines on 13 to 15 September. Contact us for more details.

The Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) is the apex body of Singapore's Co-operative Movement, and secretariat of the Central Co-operative Fund (CCF). Formed in 1980 with the aim of championing Singapore's co-operative movement, the apex body represents 99% of co-operative members in Singapore. Today, the Movement boasts a base of more than 1.4 million members. SNCF aims to promote and develop co-operatives as sustainable enterprises that address the social and economic needs through the co-operative principle of self and mutual help, so as to foster a more resilient society. SNCF is a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). It enjoys co-operative relationship with the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other International and regional bodies. For more information on SNCF and the Singapore Co-op movement, visit


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