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co-operative spirit


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.

Did you know?

The first co-op in Singapore was registered in 1925.

Co-operative societies

Co-operative societies, or co-ops, are membership-based enterprises that operate on the principles of self-help and mutual assistance. The members are also owners of the co-ops. Most co-ops have social missions to benefit the greater society in which they operate in.

Facts and figures

Registry of Co-operative Societies

There are currently 87 co-ops in Singapore.

Categories Number of co-ops
Consumer and services 64
Credit 23

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. 

Annual Report on Co-operative Societies for the financial year ended 31 March 2019

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.

Contact us

Registry of Co-operative Societies
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
140 Hill Street, #02-00
Old Hill Street Police Station
Singapore 179369
Tel (hotline): 6337 3832
Fax: 6837 8090
Email: MCCY_regcoop@mccy.gov.sg

Operating hours
Monday - Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm
(closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)

Latest News

22 October 2020

Annual Report on Co-operative Societies for the financial year ended 31 March 2020

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

COVID-19 Relief Measures: Duration of Alternative Arrangements for Meetings has been Extended

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, to 30 June 2021. 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.

To give a further grace period to co-ops who need more time to overcome practical difficulties in organising meetings, general meetings that are due to be held may be deferred to a date no later than 31 December 2020.

You may refer to the Ministry of Law’s press release issued on 29 September here.

The guidelines and FAQ for co-ops on the conduct of virtual general meetings were updated on 21 October 2020.

5 August 2020

Rental Relief Framework in view of COVID-19

The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Amendment) Act (“Act”) that was passed in Parliament on 5 June 2020 provides a rental relief framework for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This rental relief framework under Part 2A of the Act and the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Rental and Related Measures) Regulations 2020 (“Regulations”) came into force on 31 July 2020.

The framework aims to help affected SMEs who need more time and support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, by providing mandated co-sharing of rental obligations between the Government, landlords and tenants. Co-operative Societies (co-ops) that meet the same criteria applicable to SMEs will also be eligible for the rental relief. This is pursuant to the Regulations, which includes co-ops within the definition of “entities” that are eligible for the relief.

For more information on the rental relief schemes, co-ops may wish to visit https://go.gov.sg/rentalrelief.

COVID-19 Alternative Arrangements for Meetings

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 the guidelines and FAQ were updated on 21 October 2020.