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Your Chamber’s e-newsletter, MemberCONNECT, is published every Tuesday and carries thought-leadership content and details of upcoming Chamber events. 

Current Issue

All of us in business are focused on how we can survive the pandemic and thrive after it has passed or we are vaccinated. What do we need to change about ourselves and our businesses to enable the sustained success we want?

1 December 2020

Previous Issues

Our first ever virtual awards gala last week had its fair share of technical glitches but the most important thing is we did announce, celebrate and recognise this year’s worthy winners of the SICC Awards for Collaborative Innovation.

24 November 2020

The Chamber champions anti-ageism in the workforce. Just like gender, race and sexual orientation, age is not a relevant factor in assessing job fit. Attitude, competencies, skills, potential and output are the key factors each employer should focus on.

27 October 2020

Join us as we celebrate the finalists and announce the winners of the 5th annual SICC Awards for Collaborative Innovation on 18 November at a specially designed, virtual Awards Gala.

13 October 2020

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 September 2020

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 September 2020

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 (TP) can help you help yourself.

15 September 2020

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 heretohelp@sicc.com.sg.

8 September 2020

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 September 2020

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 August 2020

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 August 2020

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 July 2020

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 July 2020

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 July 2020

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 July 2020

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 June 2020

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 June 2020

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 June 2020

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 June 2020

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

2 June 2020

Check out https://workspace.bantu.life/. 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 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 April 2020

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 April 2020

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 April 2020

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 April 2020

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 March 2020

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 March 2020

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 February 2020

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 February 2020

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 February 2020

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 January 2020

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 January 2020

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 December 2019

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 December 2019

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 November 2019

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 November 2019

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 November 2019

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 September 2019

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 August 2019

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 July 2019

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 July 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

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 April 2019

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 April 2019

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 March 2019

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 March 2019

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 February 2019

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 January 2019

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 sharon@sicc.com.sg.

13 November 2018

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 October 2018

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 September 2018

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 September 2018

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 September 2018

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 August 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 August 2018

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 August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 March 2018

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 February 2018

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 February 2018

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 January 2018

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 January 2018

“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 January 2018

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 December 2017

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 December 2017

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 November 2017

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

14 November 2017

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 November 2017

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 October 2017

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 October 2017

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 October 2017

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 October 2017

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 September 2017

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 September 2017

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 September 2017

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 August 2017

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 www.siccawards.com.sg.

15 August 2017

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 August 2017

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 www.sicc.com.sg for more details.

1 August 2017

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 events@sicc.com.sg to register today.

18 July 2017

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

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 victor@sicc.com.sg by 21 July 2017.

4 July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 March 2017

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 March 2017

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 March 2017

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 March 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 February 2017

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 February 2017

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 February 2017

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 February 2017

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 January 2017

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 January 2017

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 January 2017

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