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Fair Employment



The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (formerly known as Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices) was formed in May 2006 following the recommendation of the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers to promote employment practices that are fair and equitable to all workers.


The Alliance is co-chaired by Mr Douglas Foo, Vice President, Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and Ms Cham Hui Fong, Deputy Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). The Alliance also includes members representing the employers, workers/unions, and the government.




TAFEP opened its doors on 20 November 2007 to promote greater awareness of fair employment practices among employers and the general public. TAFEP's multi-pronged strategy involves creating awareness, educating employers on the business benefits and facilitating the adoption of fair employment practices at the workplace. Its key role is to promote and encourage the wider adoption of fair and progressive employment practices among employers.




The 5 guiding principles of fair employment practices as stated in the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices are:

  1. Recruit and select employees on the basis of merit (such as skills, experience or ability to perform the job), and regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities or disability.
  2. Treat employees fairly and with respect and implement progressive human resource management systems.
  3. Provide employees with equal opportunity to be considered for training and development based on their strengths and needs, to help them achieve their full potential.
  4. Reward employees fairly based on their ability, performance, contribution and experience.
  5. Abide by labour laws and adopt Tripartite Guidelines which promote fair employment practices.



Employers will find that by implementing fair and progressive employment practices, they will be able to widen the pool of candidates they can recruit from. Treating employees fairly and with respect will also help employers retain their valued staff in today’s tight labour market, build greater employee engagement and bring their businesses to greater heights. By putting in place progressive employment practices such as age-management practices and work-life strategies, employers also stand to gain an enhancement in employer branding, employee engagement and morale, higher productivity and customer satisfaction.

At the same time, employees will get a fair chance of being recruited and developed regardless of age, race, language, gender, marital status or religion so long as they have the ability to perform the job. Employees will also be able to find a work-life fit so that they can manage both their work and personal responsibilities.




Human Capital Partnership Programme
The Human Capital Partnership (HCP) Programme is a tripartite initiative that brings together a community of exemplary employers in Singapore who have progressive employment practices in their organisations and are committed to developing their human capital.
Developing human capital is essential for:
  1. Businesses to attract and retain talent
  2. Singaporeans to continue to have better jobs, better salaries and better careers
  3. Singapore’s economy to remain competitive
Employers in the programme are known as Human Capital Partners (HCPartners). They are employers of choice who value their people, and are committed to investing and developing their employees across all levels.
To find out more about HCP, visit
Tripartite Standards 
The Tripartite Standards (TS) is an initiative jointly developed by the Tripartite Partners, namely the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) in year 2017.
It specifies a set of good employment practices that all employers should implement at their workplaces. There are nine standards and they each cover various aspects of employment areas such as recruitment practices, work-life harmony, flexible work arrangements, grievance handling, age management and more.
Employers who have adopted TS are committed to build better workplaces and are recognised as fair and progressive employers. They are seen as employers of choice, helping them to better attract and retain talent. 
To find out more about TS, visit



Individuals who wish to provide feedback on fair and progressive employment practices can also contact TAFEP directly through the contact details below.




TAFEP is open from Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Tel: 6838 0969