Co-operator Newsletter Bi-monthly Issue:
February 2021 - Emerging Stronger

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Know Our Co-ops Series:
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Multi-purpose
Co-operative Society (ACSI Co-op)

For a group of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) students, their first foray into the business world starts with serving their fellow students for a good cause.
ACSI Co-op - Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Multi-purpose Co-op
The values and principles of a co-operative that place people, rather than, profit at the centre of business, inspire the students to not only run a business in a sustainable way, but to do so to meet a social need.
changes to CCF PDPA grant for all co-ops

Changes to the CCF PDPA Grant

The PDPA Grant has been revised after taking into consideration the feedback from the co-operatives since the introduction of the PDPA Grant, and more recently, at the Emerging Stronger Conversation with Co-operatives held on 16 November 2020. The revised PDPA Grant takes effect on 1 February 2021.

Emerging Stronger Together with Co-ops event - virtual networking

Emerging Stronger Together with Co-ops!

The co-op movement kicked off the year with a virtual networking event. To bring cheers and show solidarity, an energy booster box was sent to all affiliates. The Co-operative Movement also paid tribute to Kwek Kok Kwong and Dr Theyvendran for their contributions.

Faces of Co-operators, Alex Shieh, SNCF Scholar and in the co-op movement for the past 13 years

Faces of Co-operators A Lifelong Education - Alex Shieh

In this edition of Faces of Co-operators, we spoke to Alex Shieh, an SNCF Scholar who has been in the Co-operative Movement for the past 13 years. Meet Alex and get to know what keeps him going?
For 95 years, co-operatives have been an integral part of the Singapore Story.
Co-operatives' people-first approach exemplifies the ‘gotong royong’ spirit which centres around the heart to look out for each other’s needs, the selfless spirit to serve others and to come together to make a difference to people’s lives. The simple acronym H.E.A.R.T. says it all.
What co-ops are doing to stay resilient

Resilience for the Long Haul

Have you ever wondered why people respond to stress and adversities differently? Co-operator reached out to Istoria Co-op and AUPE Credit Co-op to discover more about what resilience means to them.

digital tools to speed up transformation

Co-op 4.0 Digital Tools to Speed Up Transformation

While we are still adapting to the new norm, we can leverage some digital tools to help us quicken the pace of adoption, and improve our productivity and efficiency at work.

#NotJustWoke featuring young changemakers from the co-op sectors


Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a co-operative (or co-op in short) and what’s the role of a co-operator? In this issue, we shone a spotlight on young changemakers from different co-op sectors who shared with us what they do to spark social change!

The Resilience of the Co-op Economy - The News Coop

The Resilience of the Co-op Economy

“Co-ops are more resilient because they are created to meet the needs of their members. As owners, those members – customers, suppliers and/or workers – have a vested interest in the success...” - 2020 Co-operative Economy Report.
Mr Tng Ah Yiam, SNCF Chairman

Mr Tng Ah Yiam, First Deputy Chairman of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation, appointed as its new Chairman

Co-op Champion Award presented to Dr R Theyvendran

Co-op Champion Award

For his contributions to the co-operative movement, SNCF presented the The Co-operative Champion Award to Dr Theyvendran posthumously. The Co-operative Champion Award was specially to recognise respected individuals who championed the co-operative mission.
SSBEC CSR initiative at Jalan Kukoh

Doing Good Together

"It is only when the co-operative does well, it can then do more good." - SSBEC Chairman Mr S. Gulam.

This new CSR initiative helps uplift the spirits of the community at Jalan Kukoh estate.

The Virtual Creathon 2021 Experience

The Virtual Creathon 2021 Experience

More than 500 youth competed in Singapore’s only co-operative social enterprise business challenge. How was the virtual Creathon 2021 experience like?
co-op hot shots 8 photography competition - make the difference

Co-op Hot Shots 8

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. But it has also shown us how the spirit of mutual help and togetherness can make the difference to others.
Submit photos that show how we create a positive impact, and you could stand to win S$1,000! Submission ends on 28 Feb 2021.
GP+ Co-op CNY Health Screening Package $68

CNY Health Screening Package

GP+ Co-operative is offering a CNY Health Screening Package at S$68, which includes Diabetes with HbA1c, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Liver & Kidney screening.

Share Your Story ///// Feature Your Co-op Updates!

We love hearing about how co-operatives can make a difference and we couldn’t be happier to have you sharing your story or updates with us. Your story or updates would help strengthen the co-operative movement and we would love to feature it in our next issue. Share your story or updates with us here.

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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