Condolences - Loss of Prominent Business Leader, Mr Kwek Leng Joo
17 November 2015 [Singapore] – The Singapore Business Federation (SBF), on behalf of the Singapore business community, expresses our deepest condolences to the family of the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo on his demise.
Mr Kwek Leng Joo had played a particularly significant role in the founding of SBF in 2002.
Amid the growing trend of globalisation, the Singapore Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SFCCI) was urged in 1998 to examine how it could restructure itself, not just to enhance its effectiveness, but also to better promote Singapore’s national interests.
Mr Kwek Leng Joo was then President of SFCCI as well as the President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Under Mr Kwek’s leadership, SFCCI responded with the proposal of SBF to succeed it which would be more representative of the business community and with access to sustainable funding. Creating an apex business chamber amongst existing business organisations which have strong roots, size and financial strength was delicate business. Mr Kwek provided strong backing to SBF by rallying the support of the constituent members of the SFCCI.
Mr Kwek Leng Joo continued to provide his strong support and leadership to SBF as the Vice Chairman of the SBF Council since its inception in 2002 to June 2008. Today, SBF works hand in hand with the rest of the business community to further the pioneering work of Mr Kwek in our founding some years ago.
Mr Kwek’s association with SBF continued in his capacity as President of Singapore Compact for CSR. He was a pioneer and driving force behind the CSR and sustainability movement in Singapore. Under his leadership, the Singapore Compact for CSR was rebranded as Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS). Mr Kwek was instrumental in the integration of the SBF’s sustainability development business group with GCNS to bring about a larger impact for the business community.
The business community has lost a respectable business leader, but Mr Kwek’s pioneering and leadership spirit will be remembered.