About the Singapore Business Federation (SBF)
SBF has been advocating the importance of business continuity management (BCM) and assisting Singapore companies’ adoption of BCM measures since 2008. Under the five-year National BCM Programme earlier, the Federation assisted some 200 enterprises in their BCM implementation from 2009 to 2013. Together with SPRING Singapore, SBF also launched the Flu Pandemic Business Continuity Programme in 2009 and engaged more than 1,000 companies on awareness and adoption; over 70 companies were pandemic-verified. The Federation had also generated interest among companies in being BCM-readiness under its prior appointment as National BCM Focal Point.
At the invitation of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federation represented Singapore at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Emergency Preparedness Work Group in 2012. We also participated in the APEC Public Symposium on Business Continuity Planning in 2013. To foster supply chain resilience, we conducted the Supply Chain Leadership Forum for local and overseas delegates at Global Entrepolis@Singapore 2012 & 2013.
In 2012, we launched the BCM Ambassadors Programme which involved six BCM-certified companies (i.e. SS 540) and this was expanded to nine companies (certified in ISO 22301) in 2015. As of 2016, SBF has organised and supported more than 220 events in Singapore, which were attended by close to 20,000 participants from 12,400 companies. We are also appointed by SPRING Singapore to drive companies’ adoption of enterprise resilience standards – especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in 2015:
- ISO 22301 Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems
- ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems
- ISO 28000 Certification on Security Management Systems for Supply Chain
- SS 584 Specification for Multi-tiered Cloud Computing Security
- Verifiable Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Initiative [Support ceased on 31 Mar 2017]
To enhance SMEs’ business resilience, SBF developed a BCM Sectoral Drawer Plan with the Singapore Logistics Association specifically for companies in cold chain and warehousing & storage vertical. The plan was implemented in the form of a BCM-Readiness Framework handbook, which was launched at BCM Annual Conference by Minister of State Dr Koh Poh Koon on 6 January 2016.
The Federation developed and launched the verifiable Business Continuity Plan (BCP) initiative on 1 February 2016, where Singapore companies can seek government support to develop their BCPs without the need for ISO certification. The initiative aims to elevate SMEs’ capabilities to handle crises and disruptions arising from specific and recurring scenarios such as pandemic, haze and loss of customer data. To assist and recognise companies’ enhancement in business resilience, SBF offers case studies, reference materials and diagnostic tools on its BCM portal – in order to nurture a vibrant and more resilient business community for Singapore. Please email us if you have any query.
BCM Focal Point
As of 31 March 2017