On 25th November 1978 in Singapore, the 5 founding
member Employers' Organisations from Indonesia,
Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, firmly
supporting the fundamental objectives of ASEAN in
its pursuits of effective measure for regional economic
co-operation, declared their agreement to unite
and establish the ASEAN Confederation of Employers
(ACE). The objectives of ACE are to optimize liaison,
co-operation and representation in the fields of
labour and social legislation, industrial relations
The founding member Employers’ Organisations are: Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO), Employers Confederation of The Philippines (ECOP), Employers Confederation of Thailand (ECOT), Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). On 16 February 2004, the Cambodian Federation of Employers & Business Associations (CAMFEBA) became a member of ACE.
The affairs of ACE are governed and administered
by a Board of Directors comprising a duly authorized
representative from each member.