Current Issue

Further Greening – SICC E-newsletter: #316

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the latest Position Paper from our Circular Economy Interest Group on Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging in Singapore. Read on for more.

29 Sep 2020

Previous Issues

Enabling Mental Health – SICC E-newsletter: #315

Because of the pandemic and the impact it is having on all our lives, more and more people now understand that good mental health is a priority for each of us. It is every bit as important as good physical health.

22 Sep 2020

Enabling Mutual Growth – SICC E-newsletter: #314

It is all very well being told to go digital but the truth is many companies looking to embark on a digitalisation journey do not have the in-house expertise even to start. Here is where your fellow member Temasek Polytechnic can help you help yourself.

15 Sep 2020

Show and Tell – SICC E-newsletter: #313

My team and I want to hear your integration stories, your best practices, what works well for you and what doesn’t. Tell us about it at

8 Sep 2020

Pulse Check – SICC E-newsletter: #312

Now that we are well into Phase 2 of re-opening the economy, I’d like to conduct a pulse check. Not just on how you and your business are doing but also what your business outlook is for the rest of this year and into 2021.

1 Sep 2020

Profits with Purpose – SICC E-newsletter: #311

Current conditions force us to reset many of our plans and maybe that is not altogether a bad thing. It is useful to take time to take stock; to re-evaluate what we want, why we want it and how we can achieve our goals.

25 Aug 2020

The Hope Train – SICC E-newsletter: #310

Organised by the Children’s Cancer Foundation, The Hope Train is an online fundraising campaign happening from now until 30 September 2020.

18 Aug 2020

Really Useful Tech – SICC E-newsletter: #309

Chamber member, Certis, is extending its latest initiative, iTemp, an innovative temperature tracking platform, to businesses in Singapore at no cost.

11 Aug 2020

Birthday Reflections – SICC E-newsletter: #308

Singapore’s National Day on 9 August this year will be celebrated differently because of the pandemic. It does not mean we have any less reason to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. Majulah Singapura!

4 Aug 2020

A Bonus – SICC E-newsletter: #307

Go digital so that your business is more resilient, more productive and more competitive. Read on for more on IMDA’s Digital Resilience Bonus.

28 Jul 2020

Plain English Guides – SICC E-newsletter: #306

The Chamber is delighted to publish plain English guides to the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) which is already in force and to the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which will come into force from 1 August 2020.

21 Jul 2020

Differently Abled – SICC E-newsletter: #305

Inclusive hiring must include our fellow human beings who are differently abled. Our friends at SG Enable are available to help you appreciate this talent pool and help you each step of way from getting started to onboarding diverse talent.

14 Jul 2020

Mental Wellbeing – SICC E-newsletter: #304

There has been a lot of talk these last few months about the importance of mental health. That is a good thing. One of the silver linings of the pandemic has been the realization by many people that good health includes mental well-being at home and at work, now and always.

7 Jul 2020

Development Paradoxes – SICC E-newsletter: #303

Our guest speaker Dr. Vijayan Munusamy from the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) presented the institute’s research on the 5 paradoxes of leadership development at our collaboration last week. Here are the key learning points from a great presentation from my perspective.

30 Jun 2020

Keep applying empathy – SICC E-newsletter: #302

This week’s e-newsletter focuses on a skill we have all polished and applied during the Circuit Breaker and Phase 1 of re-opening the economy: renewed empathy for others. Read on for some helpful advice from SG Enable as to how we can keep applying it.

23 Jun 2020

Re-opening the Economy – SICC E-newsletter: #301

Many thanks to those members who responded to our recent survey on re-opening the economy and on attitudes to travel. Read on for the key messages from the 102 people who responded to the survey.

16 Jun 2020

Beyond Self – SICC E-newsletter: #300

What better way to celebrate the 300th issue of this weekly e-newsletter than to devote it to thinking of others especially others less fortunate than ourselves? Here’s a thought for the day from Assisi Hospice.

9 Jun 2020

WorkWell – SICC E-newsletter: #299

The WorkWell Leaders Workgroup champions workplace mental well-being as a leadership priority, and works collaboratively across sectors to share best practices.

2 Jun 2020

Continual Learning Facilitated – SICC E-newsletter: #298

Our friends in government at SkillsFuture SG designed multiple ways to help businesses facilitate continual learning for their teams.

26 May 2020

Hari Raya Greetings! – SICC E-newsletter: #297

It is a pleasure to wish all our Muslim members and friends and my Muslim colleagues Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Maaf zahir dan batin.

19 May 2020

Rebooting Recruitment – SICC E-newsletter: #296

Your fellow member X0PA is an AI enabled recruitment platform for employers and job seekers which aims to inject more objectivity in recruitment for all.

12 May 2020

bantu – SICC E-newsletter: #295

Check out This platform facilitates the work of companies in social services and those which need a platform to engage and manage volunteers for their CSR activities.

5 May 2020

Cashflow! – SICC E-newsletter: #294

Cashflow is the lifeblood of every business but especially for us SMEs and especially right now in the worst economic crisis since 1945. Fellow member, RIABU, is inviting companies to pledge to pay invoices within 30 days.

28 Apr 2020

Juggling Act – SICC E-newsletter: #293

Millions of people all over the world are working from home juggling the demands of their jobs with looking after their children and/or elderly relatives. It’s not easy and can be an added source of stress at an already very stressful time.

21 Apr 2020

Mutual Benefit – SICC E-newsletter: #292

Building on last week’s theme of solidarity and partnership building, we launched a new initiative last week called Members Helping Members leveraging on the Chamber’s platform for mutual benefit.

14 Apr 2020

Solidarity! – SICC E-newsletter: #291

A mentor recently said to me: “All of us are judged by how useful we are to others.” That’s why everyone except people in essential services need to stay at home for the next month. That’s the best way each of us can help each other through the crisis.

7 Apr 2020

Do Your Part – SICC E-newsletter: #290

The government presented a significantly larger than anticipated stimulus package in last week’s Resilience Budget. It is now time for all of us to our part.

31 Mar 2020

Protect Jobs – SICC E-newsletter: #289

Singapore’s second stimulus package will be announced on 26 March.

24 Mar 2020

Here to Help – SICC E-newsletter: #288

In these extra tough times for businesses from all sectors and of all sizes, my team and I are here to help you.

17 Mar 2020

Collaborative Innovation – SICC E-newsletter: #287

We strongly believe collaboration is one of the fastest ways for any business to innovate. That is why your Chamber is supporting Enterprise Singapore to promote the Singapore-France Joint Innovation Call.

10 Mar 2020

LGO – SICC E-newsletter: #286

LGO stands for Life Goes On despite all the organizational and economic disruption caused by Covid-19.

3 Mar 2020

Two Updates – SICC E-newsletter: #285

It is a pleasure to invite all members to attend your Chamber’s AGM on 25 Jun at the Pan Pacific Singapore. While the AGM is strictly for members only, the luncheon is open to all members, friends and prospective members alike.

25 Feb 2020

Psychological Defence – SICC E-newsletter: #284

On Total Defence Day last Saturday I represented the Chamber by attending the 53rd War Memorial Service in Commemoration of the Civilian Victims of the Japanese Occupation. This ceremony is faithfully organized every year by Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with MINDEF.

18 Feb 2020

Budget Issue – SICC E-newsletter: #283

Every year, the Chamber submits its budget wish list for tax measures to the Ministry of Finance. This wish list is compiled with dedication by the members of our Tax Policy Interest Group.

11 Feb 2020

Birthday Tribute - SICC E-newsletter: #282

Your Chamber’s 183rd birthday will take place on 8 February. We took the opportunity to celebrate its birthday at our lunar new year lunch today.

5 Feb 2020

ICC Academy and Incoterms® – SICC E-newsletter: #281

The latest edition of the rules called Incoterms® 2020 became effective on 1 January this year. Read on for a message from our good friends the ICC Academy, Singapore on how they can help you acquire the knowledge to apply the rules with confidence.

28 Jan 2020

GONG XI FA CAI! – SICC E-newsletter: #280

It is a great pleasure for my team and I to wish each of you, your families and colleagues a happy and prosperous new year!

21 Jan 2020

Rewarding Referrals Better – SICC E-newsletter: #279

Referrals of new members help your Chamber strengthen its diversity and further expand its purposeful network. Read on for more information on our newly revamped membership referral scheme.

14 Jan 2020

2020 Vision – SICC E-newsletter: #278

My goal for our Chamber in 2020 is for SICC’s purposeful network to be more useful to and for each other and to and for the wider business community in Singapore and we would like to hear your ideas and suggestions.

7 Jan 2020

Happy New Year! – SICC E-newsletter: #277

My team and I look forward to serving you in 2020. We wish each of you a happy new year filled with good health, good fortune and success.

31 Dec 2019

Season’s Greetings! – SICC E-newsletter: #276

To one and all, we wish the very best compliments of this happy Season. Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2019

Interest Groups – SICC E-newsletter: #275

Your Chamber’s ten Interest Groups are designed to bring members together to exchange views, learn from one another, drive the Chamber’s advocacy efforts with government and open doors for members to more business opportunities.

17 Dec 2019

Incredible India! – SICC E-newsletter: #274

Your Chamber is collaborating with your fellow member ICICI Bank to present a talk on “The Indian Economy: Opportunities and The Way Forward” on 17 January 2020.

10 Dec 2019

Awards Finalists – SICC E-newsletter:#273

It is with much pleasure that I announce today the finalists for the 2020 SICC Awards for Collaborative Innovation.

3 Dec 2019

Renewal – SICC E-newsletter: #272

Many thanks to our Chamber members and non-members for their support as always and we look forward to welcoming more non-members as members in 2020.

26 Nov 2019

Event Planning – SICC E-newsletter: #271

After 60 events and 40 interest group meetings your Chamber’s 2019 events calendar is coming to close. As my team and I plan next year’s calendar of events, we invite you to share with us your wish lists.

19 Nov 2019

Focus on Life – SICC E-newsletter: #270

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. Here’s a short article from Singapore Cancer Society on how it can help companies help their teams.

12 Nov 2019

Beach Clean Up – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #269

We are collaborating with member Dow on 16 November on a beach clean-up. Many thanks to all those members and their families who have signed up to do something useful for our environment on a Saturday morning.

5 Nov 2019

Act Now! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #268

Collaborate – it is the quickest way to innovate. Tell your stories by participating in the 2020 SICC Awards.

29 Oct 2019

Let there be light! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #267

This week sees the celebration of Deepavali – bring light to darkness, celebrate the ultimate triumph of good over evil, selflessness over selfishness and sincerity over insincerity.

22 Oct 2019

Cyber Risks – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #266

Every business, whatever its size and sector, has to manage cyber risks to protect itself, its data and its customers’ data.

15 Oct 2019

Innovation Tips – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #265

Here is an article contributed by our innovation partner IPI Singapore. We support IPI because SICC believes in collaborative innovation too.

8 Oct 2019

Focus on Leadership – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #264

Your Chamber believes in leaders who continually develop themselves and their teams. Here is an article from your fellow member Linkage Asia which makes for interesting reading.

1 Oct 2019

Fair and Progressive – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #263

As a society we must progress further and faster. We must end age discrimination in the workforce for the twenty somethings just as much as for the fifty and sixty somethings.

24 Sep 2019

Mentoring – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #262

The E50 Association and I want to explore the possibility of senior executives in MNCs mentoring SME executives.

17 Sep 2019

Free Trade – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #261

Free trade has been at the heart of Singapore’s economic development and it is just the same for all other countries.

10 Sep 2019

#SGBicentennial – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #260

Last week we commemorated Singapore’s Bicentennial in an appropriate way for a business chamber. We collaborated on an event with BritCham, Singapore to celebrate the internationalization of business.

3 Sep 2019

Have Your Say – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #259

Share your views. Let us know how we can better serve you.

27 Aug 2019

A Competition – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #258

In support of that goal and of Singapore’s year of Towards Zero Waste, I am delighted to announce a collaboration between your Chamber and your fellow member James Cook University, Singapore.

20 Aug 2019

Tune In – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #257

Tune in to Channel News Asia (CNA) on Thursday, 15 August 2019 at 7.00pm for our programme “Collaborate to Innovate”.

13 Aug 2019

54 – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #256

This week we celebrate Singapore’s 54th National Day and the country’s Bicentennial.

6 Aug 2019

TACIP – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #255

Integrating diverse talent in the workplace is the responsibility of leaders and all teams. It just makes commercial sense but it takes effort.

30 Jul 2019

Judging Panel – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #254

Last week I launched the 2020 edition of the SICC Awards celebrating collaborative innovation. I would now like to announce the distinguished members of the judging panel.

23 Jul 2019

Submit! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #253

The 2020 edition of the annual SICC Awards is now launched and we are delighted to invite you to submit your nominations. The SICC Awards are open to both members and non-members.

16 Jul 2019

Honour Given – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #252

Last week, we celebrated SAF Day which falls each year on 1 July. NSmen and the SAF regulars rededicate themselves to defending Singapore. At the same time, they thank the business community for its continued support of National Service.

9 Jul 2019

TogetherSingapore – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #251

The inspirational team at the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) wants to challenge your mind-sets on what people with special needs can do, especially as employees.

2 Jul 2019

AGM 2019 – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #250

Many thanks to those of you who attended the Chamber’s 2019 AGM and the AGM Luncheon that followed it on 20 June 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

25 Jun 2019

Inspirational People – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #249

I am lucky to meet many talented people in this job. Some of them are inspirational too. Last week was a case in point.

18 Jun 2019

Showing Appreciation – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #248

Each year on SAF Day on 1 July the business community has the opportunity to renew its commitment to National Service and to thank its NSmen and their full time SAF colleagues.

11 Jun 2019

Hari Raya Greetings! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #247

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim members and friends! My team and I wish each of you, your families and friends a joyful celebration.

4 Jun 2019


It’s in your business interests to fight the apathy that is the result of the wonderful peace and security we have enjoyed for so long but can no longer take for granted.

28 May 2019

Integration 2.0 - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #245

Last week I talked about the importance of integrating immigrants into our society. This week I want to focus on the importance of integrating ex-offenders.

21 May 2019

Integration Imperative – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #244

Integrating immigrants into our society, whether they are long term residents and potential citizens or here for the short term, is key to the continued success of our economy and this special country of ours.

14 May 2019

The Virtuous Circle – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #243

When your Chamber decided it should champion the circular economy a couple of years ago, it was far from mainstream. The good news is that has changed.

7 May 2019

Reducing Inequality – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #242

Your Chamber is supporting SBF’s project on inequality designed to answer the question what more can businesses do to mitigate inequality.

30 Apr 2019

Pro-Enterprise Panel – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #241

The Singapore business community is fortunate in many ways. It is especially fortunate that we have a pro-business government which provides many avenues for feedback and suggestions.

23 Apr 2019

3 Simple Questions – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #240

Your Chamber is collaborating with the Singapore Manufacturing Federation to offer you subsidised capability building for your Singapore and Singapore Permanent Resident hires. Here are 3 simple questions for you to answer.

16 Apr 2019

Award winners – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #239

360 guests at MBS celebrated the announcement of the winners of the 2019 SICC Awards for Collaborative Innovation.

9 Apr 2019

Your needs – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #238

Some of you will be invited to attend a focus group meeting this year and I hope that you’ll do so and provide your insights into how my team and I can serve you better.

2 Apr 2019

Purposeful Leadership – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #237

SICC champions selfless leadership where leaders lead with purpose for the benefit of others not for themselves. I’ve come across two great examples to illustrate this.

26 Mar 2019

Preserving Common Spaces – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #236

The tragic loss of so many lives in Christchurch, NZ last Friday reminds us just how dangerous extremist political and religious views are. A large part of Singapore’s exceptionalism is the racial and religious harmony every one of us contributes to and benefits from.

19 Mar 2019

Marketing Opportunities – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #235

If you are a marketing professional working with a Chamber member company and are keen to lead your Chamber’s Marketing Interest Group, please contact me at

12 Mar 2019

SGcares – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #234

Last Saturday I attended the launch of SG Cares 2019. One highlight was printed panels featuring the history of caring and giving by Singapore’s oldest organizations including your Chamber.

5 Mar 2019

Towards the AGM! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #233

It is a pleasure to invite all members to attend your Chamber’s AGM on 20 Jun at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. While the AGM is strictly for members only, the luncheon is open to all members, friends and prospective members alike.

26 Feb 2019

Post-Budget – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #232

What did you think of yesterday’s Budget Statement? Read on for your Chamber’s initial reaction.

19 Feb 2019

Anniversaries – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #231

Last week was full of anniversaries and your Chamber celebrated our 182nd birthday on 8 Feb!

12 Feb 2019

Happy Lunar New Year! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #230

The Board of Directors and my team and I wish you, your families and colleagues continued good health and prosperity in the Year of the Pig!

4 Feb 2019

Impactful and Enlightening – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #229

We are happy to announce the Distinguished Speakers for 2019. Join us at your Chamber’s Distinguished Speaker Series as the speakers continue to engage members on topical business issues in closed-door dialogues.

29 Jan 2019

A spoonful of sugar – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #228

SICC advocates a holistic approach which includes each of us taking responsibility for our own well-being in our self-interest, and the continuation of the effective collaboration between government and industry. Read on for your Chamber’s response to the government’s public consultation paper on possible action on sugar-sweetened beverages.

22 Jan 2019

Busy with purpose – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #227

Join us at our events as we deliver content rich, thought-provoking events, and offer you opportunities to expand your network and grow your business.

15 Jan 2019

Important and urgent! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #226

Your Chamber publishes today its Position Paper on the Circular Economy; it sets out what further steps Singapore could take to improve sustainable behaviour.

8 Jan 2019

Happy New Year! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #225

My team joins me in wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

31 Dec 2018

Festive Greetings! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #224

It is a pleasure for me and my team to wish you and yours a happy Christmas to all who celebrate the festival and happy holidays to one and all!

24 Dec 2018

1819-2019 - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #223

Singapore will commemorate the bicentennial of Raffles’ 1819 treaty with the Temenggong of Johor next year.

18 Dec 2018

Upskilling for All! - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #222

Join us for a fireside chat on 24 January 2019 with Mr. Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore when he will share his perspectives on people and skills development.

11 Dec 2018

And the finalists are… – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #221

I am delighted to announce the finalists of the 2019 SICC Awards: Celebrating Collaborative Innovation who will be presenting to the Judging Panel in January 2019!

4 Dec 2018

Membership Renewal – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #220

Here are reasons why you are a Chamber member, and for non-member friends, why you should join us!

27 Nov 2018

Post ASEAN Summits – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #219

The global economic power has moved east and this makes understanding and navigating ASEAN better vital for your businesses’ continued success. What are your thoughts on the ASEAN Summits?

20 Nov 2018

Showtime – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #218

As my team and I plan next year’s calendar of events, we invite you to share with us your wish lists. Write to my colleague Sharon at

13 Nov 2018

Let there be light! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #217

This week sees the celebration of Deepavali – bring light to darkness and celebrate the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

5 Nov 2018

Take action! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #216

Many businesses experience unacceptable behaviour from prospective job candidates. Seek help from our tripartite partners, SNEF, MOM and NTUC – they could provide businesses with mediation as a cost effective alternative to expensive ligation.

30 Oct 2018

Another First Achieved – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #215

Your Chamber achieved another first with its inaugural Circular Economy Forum – “Commercial Opportunities in Sustainability” which took place on 17 October 2018.

23 Oct 2018

CNA 7 Nov – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #214

Our very first televised forum on collaborative innovation will be screened by CNA on 7 Nov 2018 at 9.30pm.

16 Oct 2018

Engage! Engage! Engage! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #213

Your Chamber’s website is now relaunched with a brand-new look and feel, designed with you in mind.

9 Oct 2018

The clock is ticking! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #212

The deadline for the submission of your nominations for the 2019 SICC Awards is 31 October 2018.

2 Oct 2018

Revolution 5.0 – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #211

Business people need to realize that they can grow and sustain profitable businesses while doing right by our planet and our species. Find out more at your Chamber’s inaugural Circular Economy Forum on 17 Oct.

25 Sep 2018

Differently Abled Talent - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #210

This week I bring a message from our partner SPD which does great work to place differently abled people in purposeful jobs.

18 Sep 2018

Workplace Safety - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #209

The level 1 Workplace Safety and Health Council’s (WSHC’s) bizSAFE capability programme will be held on 20 Sep and WSHC is offering the workshop to all Chamber members free of charge.

11 Sep 2018

Developing Talent - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #208

There is never enough talent especially when you are expanding and need trusted talent to manage overseas offices. Join us on 8 Oct to learn more about the SEA Talent Development Programmes by Enterprise Singapore.

4 Sep 2018

Increased Visibility – SICC MemberCONNECT #207

I am delighted to announce that MediaCorp’s Channel NewsAsia is the Official Media Partner for the Chamber’s 2019 SICC Awards.

28 Aug 2018

Transform & Thrive – SICC MemberCONNECT #206

In partnership with Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), your Chamber will hold an introductory session on the Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) on 26 September 2018.

21 Aug 2018


Selfless and fearless leadership are not for the faint hearted but they are for you. Read on to find out more about a leadership course: FLAME – Fearless Leadership and Mindful Enterprise.

14 Aug 2018

53 – SICC MemberCONNECT #204

As we celebrate National Day this week, let’s also celebrate and practise inclusion every day of the year, always remembering: “We are Singapore!”

7 Aug 2018

Mutual Assured Survival – SICC MemberCONNECT #203

Join us at the inaugural SICC Circular Economy Forum on 17 October to discuss, debate and share creative solutions on how we can create a practical, commercial roadmap to achieve a circular economy.

31 July 2018

Navigating ITMs – SICC MemberCONNECT #202

Transforming a business is never easy. Check out the SICC Starters’ Guide to ITMs your Chamber has put together to help companies navigate the ITMs.

24 July 2018

2019 SICC Awards – SICC MemberCONNECT #201

The 2019 SICC Awards for Collaborative Innovation is now launched and we are delighted to invite you to submit your nominations. The SICC Awards are open to both members and non-members.

17 July 2018

Competition & Regulation – SICC MemberCONNECT #200

Your Chamber celebrates the 200th issue of MemberCONNECT today! This week we bring you the topic on competition and consumer law enforcement; hear from the experts from Ashurst their perspectives on 18 July.

10 July 2018

Inclusive Integration – SICC MemberCONNECT #199

This 199th issue of our weekly e-newsletter brings you a topic close to my heart: making sure all companies integrate their local and foreign employees.

3 July 2018

New Term – SICC MemberCONNECT #198

Many thanks to those of you who attended the Chamber’s 2018 AGM and the AGM Reception that followed it on 20 June 2018 at the Pan Pacific Singapore.

26 June 2018

Export Outlook – SICC MemberCONNECT #197

How can businesses better assess volatile economic situations to reposition themselves during challenging times? Mahamoud Islam, Senior Economist, Euler Hermes Asia Pacific, will share insights on the economic outlook for Singapore’s exports on 5 Jul.

19 June 2018

Building Resilience – SICC MemberCONNECT #196

There’s lots of talk about how we all need to build resilience. This week fellow member Vadivu of Joy Works shares some research-backed tips for us to implement.

12 June 2018

Honour Due – SICC MemberCONNECT #195

Mark your calendars – the annual SAF Day Combined Rededication Ceremony, a ceremony that gives our NSmen the opportunity to publicly re-affirm their dedication to the SAF and the Nation, will be held on 2 July 2018.

5 June 2018

Culture rules! – SICC MemberCONNECT #194

What is a positive workplace culture and why is it important? Ms Andrea Della Mattea, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific, will share the failures and successes of Microsoft’s cultural transformation journey at your Chamber’s AGM Reception on 20 June.

30 May 2018

Sell. Sell. Sell. – SICC MemberCONNECT #193

Those of you who are active on the LinkedIn platform will know that last week we launched our collaboration with Chris J. Reed’s Black Marketing company. Chris will chair the Chamber’s new Marketing Committee.

22 May 2018

And the winners are… – SICC MemberCONNECT #192

Showtime! What a great evening we had on 9 May! It was a triumph!

15 May 2018

Announcement tomorrow – SICC MemberCONNECT #191

Tomorrow will be your Chamber’s 2018 SICC Awards Gala Dinner. Winners will be announced during dinner and they will receive their awards from our Guest of Honour, Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education.

8 May 2018

More inclusivity please! – SICC MemberCONNECT #190

This week we hear from our friends at SG Enable which champions the cause of integrating people with disabilities into the workforce.

2 May 2018

Only Connect! – SICC MemberCONNECT #189

Connect with the Best of Corporate Singapore – here’s how!

24 April 2018

Social Selling 101 – SICC MemberCONNECT #188

Connect with your Chamber at our LinkedIn page!

17 April 2018

Effective Networking – SICC MemberCONNECT #187

I invite more members to co-host your Chamber’s networking sessions to enhance your brands and reach a diverse demographic. Your Chamber has one of the best platforms to showcase your business and create value for your fellow members.

10 April 2018

Giving back – SICC MemberCONNECT #186

It is a pleasure to invite all members to attend your Chamber’s AGM on 20 Jun at the Pan Pacific Singapore. While the AGM is strictly for members only, the networking reception at 6.45pm is open to all members, friends and prospective members alike.

3 April 2018

Your Say – SICC MemberCONNECT #185

How do you think your Chamber can be more effective and useful for you and your business? We’d love to hear your views.

27 Mar 2018

Revolutionising Recruitment – SICC MemberCONNECT #184

It is very encouraging that more companies, just like your Chamber, practise competency-based recruitment, because it is the fair and just way to recruit.

20 Mar 2018

Strategy Execution – SICC MemberCONNECT #183

Your Chamber’s first Leadership Series in 2018 will focus on effective strategy execution, one of the most important abilities of a successful business leader. On 4 April, Mr Robin Speculand will share his views on this topic.

13 Mar 2018

Manpower – SICC MemberCONNECT #182

Can Singapore really have a sustainably vibrant and innovative economy with lean manpower? Let us know what your thoughts are.

6 Mar 2018

Premium Relaunch! – SICC MemberCONNECT #181

Your Chamber is relaunching our Premium Membership; it now provides a suite of exclusive benefits to facilitate each Premium Member’s outreach to the SICC and wider business community. Read on to find out more.

27 Feb 2018

Budget 2018 – SICC MemberCONNECT #180

What did you make of yesterday’s budget announcement? Read on for your Chamber’s views on Budget 2018.

20 Feb 2018

Lunar New Year – SICC MemberCONNECT #179

As we celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog with family and friends later this week my team and I want to wish you, your families and businesses every success.

13 Feb 2018

Differently Abled Talent – SICC MemberCONNECT #178

This week we feature a piece from Disabled Peoples’ Association Singapore which reminds us of a differently abled local talent pool we should not ignore. Read on for more.

6 Feb 2018

Membership Counts – SICC MemberCONNECT #177

With 660 company members your Chamber is no minnow. But, I want to increase our membership to enhance our voice. I’d like to ask for your help in two ways.

30 Jan 2018

Selfless Leadership – SICC MemberCONNECT #176

The secret sauce in innovation, memorable service and teamwork is…

23 Jan 2018

Committees Revamp – SICC MemberCONNECT #175

Rather than have committees on specific industries or sectors, your Chamber Committees have been revamped to concentrate our collective efforts on issues and topics which affect all businesses whatever their size or sector.

16 Jan 2018

Awards Finalists – SICC MemberCONNECT #174

Congratulations to all finalists of the 2018 SICC Awards; I wish them well when they present their collaborations to our panel of judges on 30 January. Read on to find out who the finalists are.

9 Jan 2018

Millennials – SICC MemberCONNECT #173

“I want to work for a company that appreciates my worth.” – Is this evidence of an entitlement mindset among young people or is it a problem of a mismatch of communications? Read on for more…

2 Jan 2018

Happy New Year – SICC MemberCONNECT #172

It is with much pleasure that my team and I wish you, your families, colleagues and businesses a very happy New Year!

26 Dec 2017

Festive Greetings! – SICC MemberCONNECT #171

My team and I wish each of you, your families, colleagues and businesses the very best compliments of the Season, happy holidays and, to all who celebrate it, a happy Christmas!

19 Dec 2017

St. Gallen – SICC MemberCONNECT #170

The 48th St. Gallen Symposium will be held on the campus of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland from 2–4 May 2018. Read on to find out why you should attend and support it.

12 Dec 2017

Putting ourselves first – SICC MemberCONNECT #169

Mental Health – the greatest taboo, and the illness that dares not speak its name.

5 Dec 2017

Tax Talk – SICC MemberCONNECT #168

The recent media coverage on the possibility of tax increases tells us that the run up to Budget 2018 is well and truly underway. Read on for your Chamber’s view on tax increases on the current taxplayer base.

28 Nov 2017

Avoid excessive regulation. Go for increased education. – SICC MemberCONNECT #167

We had an excellent session on intellectual property and brand protection last Friday. Read on to find out what the key learning points are.

21 Nov 2017

bizzi again – SICC MemberCONNECT #166

Collaborating is second nature to me and my team at your Chamber, and it needs to be for all SMEs too. Your fellow member has some thoughts to share on this topic.

14 Nov 2017

Myanmar Opportunities – SICC MemberCONNECT #165

How can you best navigate and focus on the right business opportunities in Myanmar? Read on for a message from a fellow member with a particular passion for helping you navigate this frontier market.

7 Nov 2017

Fearless Leadership – SICC MemberCONNECT #164

A new Chamber collaborator – but not new to several of you – is Cranfield School of Management. Read on to find out why and how you need to change your leadership mindset.

31 Oct 2017

Ticking Clock – SICC MemberCONNECT #163

The clock is indeed ticking. Submit a nomination for the 2018 SICC Awards which celebrate collaborative innovation. The SICC Awards are open to members and non-members alike. Nominations close on 30 November 2017.

24 Oct 2017

Presidential Dinner – SICC MemberCONNECT #162

Your Chamber is supporting a dinner organised by SBF in honour of Her Excellency President Halimah Yacob on 3 November 2017. Email Sopia at to register.

17 Oct 2017

Planet Sea – SICC MemberCONNECT #161

Our planet sea is under threat. 8 million tons of plastics are dumped, or end up, in our oceans every year. SICC is supporting a conference: “Towards plastic free oceans” on 25 Oct organised by The European Union Delegation to Singapore.

10 Oct 2017

Shred it! – SICC MemberCONNECT #160

Just like cyber security risks are applicable to all companies whatever their size, disposing of paper waste is a business risk that needs managing. Read on for practical tips to do just that from your fellow member, Shred-it.

3 Oct 2017

Chamber defined – SICC MemberCONNECT #159

Why should one join SICC? Reasons: we focus on 3 main topics that’s directly linked to sustaining Singapore’s economy & relevant to all members irrespective of company size/sector: Human Capital, Collaborative Innovation & Circular Economy.

26 Sep 2017

Execute! – SICC MemberCONNECT #158

Formulating a business strategy is easy but executing it is not and yet it is key for a business to move forward and to sustain its growth. Join us on 3 Oct for the first of two deep dives into the art of strategy execution.

19 Sep 2017

bizzi collaborating – SICC MemberCONNECT #157

You know your Chamber stands for collaboration as the fastest way to innovate. Read on to hear from your fellow member bizzi about its approach to SME collaboration.

12 Sep 2017

Collaboration News – SICC MemberCONNECT #156

Minister Ong Ye Kung, will be our GOH for the 2018 SICC Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner to be held on 9 May 18. As part of lead up to 2018 Awards, a panel discussion with our 2017 SICC Award winners will be held on Fri, 8 Sep.

5 Sep 2017

Good Game! – SICC MemberCONNECT #155

The weather was kinder for this year’s golf tournament at the Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course on 24 Aug. Members and their guests played a full round of 18 holes.

29 Aug 2017

Standards for all – SICC MemberCONNECT #154

This week we share with you the latest Tripartite Standards for companies from TAFEP. You are encouraged to sign up.

22 Aug 2017

Collaborative Learning – SICC MemberCONNECT #153

Join us on 8 Sep for a panel discussion with our 2017 Award winners which is also part of the lead-up to the 2018 SICC Awards. Nominations are open from now until 27 Oct 2017. More details are available at

15 Aug 2017

With Thanks – SICC MemberCONNECT #152

As Singapore celebrates the 52nd anniversary of its independence this week, it is time, once again, to give thanks. Happy Birthday Singapore! Majulah Singapura!

8 Aug 2017

Active Value – SICC MemberCONNECT #151

Several of you have recently commented just how active your Chamber is. The next couple of months will be especially busy with a wide variety of thought provoking & enriching events. Visit our events calendar at for more details.

1 Aug 2017

Digital Focus – SICC MemberCONNECT #150

Join us on 3 Aug where Mr Leslie Loh, serial entrepreneur, principal & founder of Lithan will use his business as a case study of how digital transformation can leverage SkillsFuture to advance change management and achieve positive results.

25 July 2017


This is the final call for your Chamber’s 2017 Golf Tournament which will be held on 24 August at the Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course, SICC@SICC! Registration closes on 28 July so email to register today.

18 July 2017

Trust – SICC MemberCONNECT #148

When you sell your products and services pay attention to establishing and maintaining trust. If trust is lost, the deal is off.

11 July 2017

Tax Certainty – SICC MemberCONNECT #147

Last week, your Chamber’s Tax Policy Committee held its annual dialogue with officers from MOF to discuss the annual budget wish list. Please send your views to by 21 July 2017.

4 July 2017

AGM 2017? Check! – SICC MemberCONNECT #146

Many thanks to each of you who attended AGM 2017 on 21 June and the very enjoyable reception which followed it at Conrad Centennial Singapore.

27 June 2017

Judging Panel – SICC MemberCONNECT #145

Delighted to announce and thank the judging panel for the Chamber’s 2018 SICC Awards which celebrate collaborative innovation. The SICC Awards are open to members and non-members. Submit your nomination early.

20 June 2017

Evangelise! – SICC MemberCONNECT #144

Over the course of this year, many of you have told me & my colleagues that you really enjoy the warm welcome at SICC. This is very encouraging as this is what we work to achieve for you. Tell your friends & business contacts to apply for membership.

13 June 2017

Top 5 Global Risks – SICC MemberCONNECT #143

Company boards need to understand key risks in order to manage them. Here are the top 5 global risks shared by our collaborator the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

6 June 2017

Membership has its Benefits – SICC MemberCONNECT #142

One way Members create value for their fellow members is through the Membership Benefits Scheme. It is an initiative that is very much in line with one of the Chamber’s core objectives: to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes between members.

30 May 2017

Fore! – SICC MemberCONNECT #141

Your Chamber’s 2017 golf tournament will be held on 24 August at the Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course. Our Guest of Honour will be Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport.

23 May 2017

Skills for the Future II – SICC MemberCONNECT #140

Last week, we talked about the need to build and use a set of core, transferable skills to survive in today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. This week is about the vital role employers need to play.

16 May 2017

Skills for the Future I – SICC MemberCONNECT #139

There is so much debate these days about what key skills we all need to have to help us move from job to job in the new digital economy. Practising core transferable skills is paramount to success. They won’t change. What are they?

9 May 2017

Cyber Insurance – SICC MemberCONNECT #138

It is just not possible to guarantee the safety of computer systems 100% of the time. Insurance can help protect consumers and service providers. Read on for information from your fellow member Chubb on cyber insurance.

3 May 2017

Lift Off – SICC MemberCONNECT #137

Having announced the winners of your Chamber’s 2017 Awards just over a month ago, we’re delighted to launch the 2018 SICC Awards today! As before, our Awards celebrate, learn from and recognise collaborative innovations. Submit your nominations early.

25 April 2017

AGM 2017 – SICC MemberCONNECT #136

It is a pleasure to invite all members to attend your Chamber’s AGM on 21 Jun at 5.15pm at the Conrad. While the AGM is strictly for members only the networking reception at 6.30pm is open to all members, friends and prospective members alike.

18 April 2017

Community Innovation – SICC MemberCONNECT #135

Continual innovation is the heartbeat of every successful business which is why it is at the top of your Chamber’s list of priorities. Join us on 23 May to hear from Ascendas-Singbridge and come away with learning points for you to adapt and adopt.

11 April 2017

You + NS – SICC MemberCONNECT #134

Every company knows why it is vital to support National Service (NS) and their employees who are NSmen. Show your support by participating in this year’s SAF Day Combined Rededication Ceremonies (CRCs) on Friday, 30 June 2017.

4 April 2017

Good Job! – SICC MemberCONNECT #133

If you were one of the 700+ people who attended your Chamber’s 180th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony last Friday, you will know the evening was a great success.

28 Mar 2017

Countdown – SICC MemberCONNECT #132

As you can imagine, my team and I are counting down to the Chamber’s 180th Anniversary Gala Dinner. It’s been a year in the planning and will take place this Friday, 24 March 2017.

21 Mar 2017

Only re-use – SICC MemberCONNECT #131

It won’t be long before we have more plastics than fish in the world’s oceans unless we radically re-think waste management. Join us at our 6 April 2017 event entitled: “Can Singapore do for Waste what it has done for Water?” to learn more.

14 Mar 2017

Plugging the gaps – SICC MemberCONNECT #130

In the Budget Statement there’s talk about the role which TACs should play. What practical assistance do you need from SICC to help in your restructuring/transformation journey? What should SICC be looking at/delivering that it is not already doing?

7 Mar 2017


This week I want to salute all members who serve on the many Chamber committees. Committees are a key mechanism for members to network, share expertise, learn from each other, etc. I encourage all members who do not yet serve on committees to join.

28 Feb 2017

Post Budget – SICC MemberCONNECT #128

What is your company’s response to Budget 2017? We thought it was as expected: targeted short term measures and a focus on implementing the Committee for the Future Economy’s (CFE’s) recommendations.

21 Feb 2017

In Good Company – SICC MemberCONNECT #127

Here’s a message on doing good for the best of commercial reasons from our collaborator the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).

14 Feb 2017

Milestone Birthday! – SICC MemberCONNECT #126

Today, your Chamber celebrates 180 years in Singapore. I want to use this milestone birthday to pay tribute to all our members who collectively contribute not only to Singapore’s business community but also to Singapore.

8 Feb 2017

NS Mark – SICC MemberCONNECT #125

GONG XI FA CAI! I hope you all have had an enjoyable start to The Year of the Rooster! In addition to being a big year for your Chamber, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of National Service (NS).

1 Feb 2017

Gong Xi Fa Cai – SICC MemberCONNECT #124

It is a real pleasure for me and my team to wish you and yours good health, continued prosperity and success in the Year of the Rooster! GONG XI FA CAI!

24 Jan 2017

National Trade Platform – SICC MemberCONNECT #123

As part of the Chamber’s support for the collaborative development of the National Trade Platform, it is a pleasure to bring you the progress report from their project team on their collaboration with industry partners.

17 Jan 2017

Gala Update – SICC MemberCONNECT #122

Even the best-laid plans sometimes meet with the unexpected. PM’s schedule has changed and he is no longer able to be our GOH for the Chamber’s 180th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Instead Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy PM will grace our Gala Dinner as GOH.

10 Jan 2017

Back to work! – SICC MemberCONNECT #121

2017 will be another action-packed year. All the more so, because in 2017 we celebrate 180 years of service. All the January and February events are now open for registration except for Post-Budget event which we are finalising.

4 Jan 2017