Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance of SSA

The Singapore Soka Association (SSA) has been established as a religious organization practising Nichiren Buddhism in Singapore since 1967. On January 6, 1972, SSA was officially registered under the Societies Act (Chapter 311) of the Statutes of Singapore under the Registry of Societies (ROS).

In 1985, the Charities Act was introduced which legislated that organisations established for purposes which are exclusively charitable according to the Singapore Law, be registered as charities and accordingly governed under the Act’s requirements. By definition, all religious organisations are considered charitable organisations. With this legislation, SSA was subsequently registered as a Charity under the Charities Act on October 10, 1985.

As SSA commemorates our 50th anniversary as a Buddhist organization in 2017, SSA deems it timely to make further enhancements to our Constitution to entrench our faith in Nichiren Buddhism so that we will not forget our spiritual ballast and values. The latest revision spells out our core statement of faith and religious identity and will serve as our important guide for all Buddhist activities moving forward.

(Revised November 2018) Singapore Soka Association Constitution

Annually, the Association files annual returns comprising audited financial statements, annual reports, and information on elected officials of the Board of Management in compliance with the requirements of the Societies Act and the Charities Act.

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Management of Association’s Affairs

The affairs of Singapore Soka Association are managed by a Board of Management that is elected at the Association’s Annual General Meeting that is held in May each year. The election and appointment of office holders are done in accordance with the Constitutional provision of the Association. Information on officials is annually filed with the Registry of Societies under the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Charities Council under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

The Management Committee headed by an elected Chairman undertakes the role of governance and oversees all related processes pertaining to the management and decisions on assets, funds and human resource. The Committee ensures that the organisation operates in compliance with the Constitutional Rules, legislation and rules of the authorities.

Best Practices in Governance 

Annually, SSA conducts evaluation on its Board governance in accordance with the prescribed checklists required by the Commissioner of Charities. SSA then files its declaration of compliance with the Charities Council on the Charities’ web portal. This information is accessible to the public online.