In the past years, EMAS had worked hard to establish herself as an industry lead body in Singapore. These efforts achieved much success with the partnership with government and the launch of the industry transformation plan in 1999, followed by the NSRS skills training and certification program. This year more was done in this area with the establishment of the Economic Review Committee on Environmental Services.
Having consolidated well in Singapore, the EMAS now needed to take on a regional and global perspective. During the year the Association raised its profile and professionalism in the regional and international field. Much progress has been made to obtain regional and global recognition, establishing EMAS as a professional organization serving its local membership but with links to the rest of the world.
EMAS championed a sub committee for Environmental Services under the Economic Review Committee for Domestic Enterprise. This Committee had developed three key thrust with 15 recommendations. The three key thrusts are:
a) performance standards
b) enhancing manpower
c) promoting globalization
To promote and expand, the trade and manufacture or business of environmental and hygienic services in Singapore
To study all aspects of contract cleaning, disposal, collection or otherwise of solid waste, water treatment, pest extermination and control and all other related hygienic and environmental services in Singapore from all perspectives with the view to co-ordinating and promoting the general environmental development of Singapore
To improve the standards of service and to promote the technical knowledge and skills of persons engaged in environmental and hygienic services via the following media: education, training, conferences, examinations, libraries, scholarships, fellowships, exhibition and/or sales of technical literatures and materials conducive to the attainment of these objects
To engage in research into all problems relating to personnel and industrial and business management, marketing, to collect, prepare and distribute information and statistics relating to the business of members of the Association and to promote or propose such methods, procedures and measures as may be considered desirable or beneficial for the members generally
To enhance the professional image and competence of members of the Association and to undertake such activities and programmes as may be conductive to the enhancement of the professional image and competence of members of the Association
To represent the views of members on any legal and commercial matters relating to the objects as may affect the interest of members