Building our Shared Future, Together

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We launched the Forward Singapore (Forward SG) exercise in June 2022, engaging Singaporeans from all walks of life on how we should refresh our social compact for the road ahead.

What is a social compact? It is the glue that holds society together, the shared understanding of our roles and responsibilities towards each other, and our shared values and aspirations as a people.


In Singapore, this manifests through various examples:

• Individuals taking responsibility for themselves and their families, but also caring for others in society

• Employers paying fair wages, looking after their employees and supporting their development

• Community organisations caring for those in need

• The Government using the taxes it collects to deliver high-quality public services, to invest in the well-being of all Singaporeans, and to build for the future

A functioning and robust social compact creates trust. It leads to a sense of assurance that someone’s got our interests in mind — that we have got each other’s backs.

For us to feel that way, our social compact should be collectively agreed upon. Everyone should recognise that we have a meaningful stake in society, and we are all invested in one another and in our shared future.

Our social compact is not static. It must be refreshed to adapt to changing times.

Singapore is now in a prime moment for change. We face new challenges and uncertainties but also new opportunities.

• Geopolitical tensions are contributing to a less benign and less hospitable environment for small states like Singapore.

• Technological advancements will open up new opportunities, but they will also make existing job roles obsolete, and add to workplace anxieties.

• Rising inequality and slowing social mobility have already fractured social cohesion in many developed countries and will create similar pressures in our society.

• Our rapidly ageing population will increase strain on our people, especially those who are sandwiched between caring for both their young children and elderly parents.

• Longer-term trends like climate change will pose additional challenges. We have to make difficult trade-offs as we decarbonise our economy and society. Everyone must be ready to adapt to the realities of global warming and prepare for threats such as extreme weather events, food shortages and rising sea levels.

We are fortunate to be dealing with these challenges from a position of strength. We have a high level of trust and a strong sense of social solidarity.

This helped us pull through the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic was a baptism of fire for Singapore and the 4G leadership team. We managed to emerge stronger because of the collective efforts of everyone in society.

But we cannot just continue with the status quo.

Now, as we enter a new era, we should look ahead and prepare for change. If we fail to do so, our society can easily fall apart in the face of disruptions like economic downturns, pandemics, or other crises.

The reality is that despite our success, we are still a small city-state that is vulnerable in many ways. No one is obliged to come to our rescue if we falter. It is up to us to fend for ourselves and determine our own future.

This is why we embarked on the Forward SG exercise. Together with Singaporeans, we have identified several key elements in our new way forward:

a) More opportunities for all Singaporeans to chart our own path, that we feel empowered and valued, as we pursue our diverse aspirations and our own definitions of success.

b) More assurance for Singaporeans that they will be taken care of at every life stage as basic needs like education, retirement, healthcare and housing will be met.

c) More collective responsibility from all stakeholders — the Government doing more but businesses, community groups, families and individuals also doing their part to support and uplift those around us, and ensure that Singapore remains strong and united for generations to come.

This vision of the Singapore we seek to create will provide a roadmap for our next bound of development.

Together we will build our shared future for a better Singapore.


CHAPTER 1 of 9

Our New Way Forward

The ideas from Forward SG provide a roadmap for our next chapter of the Singapore Story.

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CHAPTER 2 of 9

Embracing Learning Beyond Grades

So that we strive to learn and improve throughout our lives.

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CHAPTER 3 of 9

Respecting and Rewarding Every Job

So that we create diverse pathways to be the best version of ourselves.

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CHAPTER 4 of 9

Supporting Families through Every Stage of Life

So that we create a conducive environment for families to thrive.

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CHAPTER 5 of 9

Enabling Seniors to Age Well

So that everyone can retire with peace of mind, and enjoy golden years.

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CHAPTER 6 of 9

Empowering Those in Need

So that opportunities are provided for all, regardless of starting points.

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CHAPTER 7 of 9

Investing in Our Shared Tomorrow

By stewarding our resources responsibly and sustainably.

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CHAPTER 8 of 9

Doing Our Part as One United People

So that we can build our collective strength as a society for our shared future.

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CHAPTER 9 of 9

Afterword & Acknowledgement: Forward Singapore, Together

Thank you for being part of the Forward Singapore exercise.

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Forward SG Report

Read Forward SG Report

Read Forward SG Summary Booklet

In English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil

Ideas and pledges for our shared future

#MyFSGPledge - Lai Chun Ying
#MyFSGPledge - Nathan George
#MyFSGPledge - Ranjanni and her mom

We are a diverse society, yet we have many common goals and aspirations. Together, we can write the next chapter of our Singapore Story.


Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong
Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, Chairman of Forward SG Workgroup 



Read the Official Speeches, Press Releases and Media Factsheets here.

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