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 through its affiliated co-operatives. Today, the Movement boasts a base of 890,000 members. 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.
Our comprehensive programmes help Co-operatives strengthen their enterprises so they can better serve their members, the broader community and transform the national economy.
These include:National & Sector-wide Representation
To promote and develop co-operatives as sustainable enterprises that address social and economic needs through the principle of self and mutual help so as to foster a more resilient society.
We are committed to building a fair and inclusive workplace and environment for our staff, and therefore have adopted a set of good employment practices that meet the requirements of the Tripartite Standards.
Currently, we have adopted:
ACO-SNCF ASEAN Women Co-operative Conference on “Partners in Progress”.
In the same vein of promoting Co-operation amongst Co-operatives, there are key champion-bodies that represent the collective voices of the Co-operative Movement world-wide.
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is a non-profit international association established in 1895 to advance the co-operative model. ICA is the apex organisation for co-operatives worldwide, representing 313 co-operative federations and organisations across 109 countries (figures as of May 2018). The members of the Alliance are national level co-operative federations, individual co-operative organisations and government offices concerned with co-operatives. SNCF has been a member of ICA since 1985.
World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organisations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance and programmes introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach. WOCCU has implemented over 300 technical assistance programmes in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. SNCF has been a member of WOCCU since 2010.
The Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU) operates as a regional representative organisation of credit unions and similar co-operative financial institutions in the region of Asia. ACCU represents 40.2 million individual members from more than 45,000 credit unions in 22 countries in Asia. ACCU is owned by its member organisations. SNCF has been a member of ACCU since 2009.