As the year comes to a close, it is customary to take stock of what one has done and to articulate wishes for the New Year.
At SMC, 2015 started with a bang, recording our largest growth in matters mediated at SMC in 17 years. It signaled an increasing acceptance of mediation by business users as well as individuals to resolve their disputes. Building on this momentum, we strengthened our partnerships with trade associations and chambers of commerce to educate and to help businesses fully appreciate the value of mediation as a strategic risk-management tool that they can count on in commercial dealings. Of significance, the Rental Practices Working Group of the Singapore Business Federation-led Small Medium Enterprises Committee launched the Fair Tenancy Framework which aims to establish a set of clear leasing guidelines for small businesses. It incorporates mediation at SMC, as a preferred way to resolve issues between tenants and landlords.
SMC’s Singapore Mediation Charter, a pledge by businesses to consider mediation as the first resort in dispute resolution, also grew from strength to strength, welcoming close to 40 new signatories. Rounding up our activities for the year was the annual Singapore Mediation Lecture at which we were privileged to host Dr iur Hans Peter Frick, former Group General Counsel of Nestlé SA whose address to business users wrapped up the strategies to make mediation an integral part of a business.
2015 was also a great year for SMC’s training arm locally and abroad. Overseas, SMC was invited to train in Fiji, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.
The stars shine bright for mediation as it heralds a new dawn where speedy, cost-effective and creative solutions make sense for business disputes.
We thank you for your support and from all of us to you, here are our wishes for the New Year …
That more businesses and individuals will make peace and arrive at better solutions through mediation!
~ Seng Onn
Celebrating friendships, and working together to live in a better world.
May the mediation force be with you! Here’s to more collaborations in 2016.
~ Clara, Nafisah & Rebecca
Happy mediating for a brighter tomorrow, a brighter 2016!
Ring in the new year with an aim to having more disputes resolved amicably by the end of 2016. Merry Christmas and happy 2016!
~ Lay Cheng, Alyssa, Cindy, Madeline & Lydiana
All of us join in wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
~ Darrell, Melissa & Nur
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December 2015 Issue. For past issues, read more here.