Through facilitating the development of the co-operatives (co-ops) sector, the Registry of Co-operative Societies' work furthers the Ministry's mission of building social capital and making Singapore home through the promotion of active citizenship.
With inputs from the various stakeholders, the Registry updates our policies and rules periodically so as to build a robust regulatory framework for the proper governance and sound management of the co-ops. This way, Singaporeans and residents will have confidence in the co-op structure and continue to participate in the co-op movement.
There are currently 87 co-ops in Singapore.
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Consumer and services co-ops provide goods and/or services to their members to meet their daily needs. Some of these co-ops have become household names, NTUC Fairprice, NTUC First Campus, NTUC Foodfare, NTUC Income. While these co-ops are business driven, they are anchored in their social mission to help Singaporeans and residents through moderating the cost of living.
Credit co-ops provide financial services (i.e. take in deposits and/or grant loans) to their members who are within a pre-existing common bond of association or community of interest.
Co-ops are regulated by the Registry of Co-operative Societies (“the Registry”) under the Co-operative Societies Act (Chapter 62) and Co-operative Societies Rules 2009. The Registry's functions are as follows:
Regulating the registration and dissolution of co-ops;
Regulating organisation and management of co-ops, so as to protect the interests of co-op members as a whole;
Supervising credit co-ops so as to promote prudence and accountability; and
Overseeing the custody and utilisation of the net funds from dissolved co-ops, including the repayments of moneys due to ex-members and/or creditors.
Registry of Co-operative Societies
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
140 Hill Street, #02-00
Old Hill Street Police Station
Tel (hotline): 6337 3832
Fax: 6837 8090
Monday - Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm
(closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
As Singapore has entered Phase Two (Heightened Alert) on 16 May 2021, co-ops should avoid organising physical work-related events (including AGMs) unless critical, and should conduct virtual meetings instead. The Ministry of Manpower’s tightened Safe Management Measures for the workplace must be complied with.
Co-ops should rely on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020 to hold their AGMs virtually. Please refer to the Guidelines and FAQ for co-ops under “Resources and useful links”.
The Ministry of Law, in consultation with relevant Government agencies, has extended the duration of legislation that enables entities to hold meetings via electronic means, beyond 30 June 2021. The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020 will continue to be in force until revoked or amended by MinLaw. This provides co-ops with greater legal certainty to plan their meetings, and the option to hold virtual meetings to minimise physical interactions, amid the continuing COVID-19 situation.
You may refer to the Ministry of Law’s press release issued on 6 April 2021 here.
The Registry of Co-operative Societies has issued the Annual Report on Co-operative Societies for the financial year ended 31 March 2020. The Annual Report shares information on the different types of co-ops, key statistics of the sector, latest developments, upcoming initiatives, as well as contributions to and uses of the Central Co-operative Fund.
Annual Report on Co-operative Societies in Singapore for the financial year ended 31 March 2020
To facilitate the conduct of virtual general meetings by co-ops, the “COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020” (‘Order’) was issued on 27 April 2020.
The guidelines and templates for co-ops on the conduct of virtual general meetings were issued on 6 May 2020. Co-ops can also refer to the presentation slides for the RCS Webinar held on 29 May 2020 and the FAQs for co-ops.
The Order was amended on 29 September 2020 and 6 April 2021, and the guidelines and FAQ were last updated on 16 April 2021 and 21 May 2021 respectively.