Co-operator Newsletter Issue: May 2018

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Co-op Champion Series:
S R Nathan - A Champion for Co-op Mission

Image of person heavily in debt
“When I got married in 1958, I didn’t have enough money to get married. So I took a loan from the co-operative. The second time I borrowed money was to buy a house. The third was when I wanted to return a $200 monthly special allowance which I received over 10 months from the NTUC, I borrowed $2,000 from the co-operative to pay back NTUC.”
When it comes to championing the co-operative mission, the late Mr S R Nathan, Singapore's 6th President, would not bat an eyelid to give his full support.
SNCF Chairman at ACLC 2018

Annual Co-operative Leaders' Conference 2018

With the theme ‘Stronger Together: Collaboration for a Sustainable Future’, SNCF is delighted to bring together about 120 Co-operative leaders and speakers who have specially flown over to Phuket on 21 - 24 April.

Fae doing work

Touching Lives: Fae Charts The Way

For two years, Nurfaezah was a bartender with limited job prospects. At a Job Fair in 2014, she approached a Captain and asked if a seafaring career was just for men. The Captain’s reply made her rethink...

Ms Tricia Young from NTUC Health at work

Faces of Co-operators: Where Passion and Career Meet

“Never lose the joy of learning and always exercise ‘humble enquiry’. At any stage of your career or life, you will never have the answers to...”

united nations sustainable development goal 8

Singapore Co-ops Help Promote Decent Work

With sustainable development and social mission at the core, co-operatives in Singapore play a relevant and important role in promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all.

Young family

Stages of Life: A Young Singaporean

Singapore has been named the most expensive city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living Survey again this year. As a young Singaporean living in Singapore, there are many challenges...

FISHCOPFED visited Singapore

FISHCOPFED Visited Singapore

A 20-member delegation of the National Federation of Fishers Cooperatives Ltd. (FISHCOPFED), the apex body of fishery cooperatives in India visited SNCF on 10 April 2018.

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!

SNCF training calendar

SNCF Training Calendar

Plan ahead with a full list of training dates and programme available for your co-operative.

Share Your Story!

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