Find out why DBS was a different kind of bank
from the start in our new book,
The 50 years.

Bank

Discover how DBS has consistently evolved to redefine itself over half a century, while staying true to its unique mission and purpose.

Championing social enterprises

Find out how the SGD 50 million DBS Foundation has been championing social entrepreneurship to create a more inclusive Asia and address the big issues that society faces.

Making banking invisible

Find out how DBS seamlessly weaves banking services into customers’ everyday activities and goals, and reduces the chore of banking in its traditional form.

DBS, the Best Bank in the World

Global Finance named DBS the Best Bank in the World in 2018. DBS CEO Piyush Gupta and Chairman Peter Seah share their views on the bank’s winning formula.

Diary of a former bank teller

Henrietta Seah, with more than 40 years of service in the bank, shares what life was like as a bank teller in the 1970s and how DBS ensures she remains relevant.

Women in DBS

DBS pioneer Elsie Foh reflects on gender diversity in DBS, decades before the bank was included into Bloomberg’s 2018 Gender-Equality Index.

DBS’ digital transformation

From revamping our technology infrastructure to redesigning workspaces, DBS has been immersed in a digital transformation journey. Take a look at how DBS became the Best Bank in the World.

DBS’ spirit of innovation

Since our establishment in 1968, DBS has been constantly innovating. Find out more about some of our innovations that changed the financial landscape in Singapore.

DBS celebrates 50 years

DBS pioneers and current leaders reflect on the bank’s accomplishments and transformation from the Development Bank of Singapore in 1968, to becoming the best in the world.

DBS uniforms through the years

Join us here for our DBS runway show as we journey from the 1970s right to present day. From puffy sleeves to distinctive prints, we’ve put together some of our trendy uniform looks over the past five decades.

Established as the Development Bank of Singapore and more recently crowned World's Best Digital Bank, we've always been a different kind of bank. From day one, we’ve been driven by the belief that there are no limits to what we can do, and how far we can go, so that you can get more out of life.

 

50 years on, that same spark which helped finance the development of Singapore is spurring us on to become a future-forward bank. In a digital age, our promise is to keep finding ways to deliver banking that is completely natural, seamless and effortless so that you can focus on the things that matter to you, and so Live more and Bank less.

A bank is born with a mission like none other

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“We became known as a bank that was prepared to try new things”

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DBS’ first Chairman Hon Sui Sen: Best of all leaders

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The johnny-come-lately bank and the risks it took

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The condo project that almost didn't happen

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“We routinely welcomed the fishmongers and stallholders”

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Overcoming a plane crash, a strike and earthquakes to open DBS’ first overseas branch

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Ruffling feathers: The day DBS rattled Singapore’s banking industry

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Thomson Plaza home to one of the first pet shops in Singapore

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Unlike other buildings, Raffles City’s walls don’t run parallel to the street. Here’s why

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We built a city within a city

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A Smart Buddy for a Smart Nation

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Getting Singapore’s first REIT on the market: “We felt we needed to do this for Singapore”

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Restoring a national monument to its original splendour

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Standing by our customers during the global financial crisis

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People of Purpose: A force for good

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Breaking new ground: the story behind the SIA and SBS IPOs

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Made in Singapore, made possible by DBS: The world’s best camera in the 1970s

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A world first: how DBS made it easier for anyone to buy shares

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At your service for more than 40 years: memories of long-time DBS bank branch staff

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DBS: then and now

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More than just a space in the Star Wars galaxy

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Read the DBS story in a special edition book

The 50 years spans five decades from when DBS was first established with a unique purpose as the Development Bank of Singapore. It is a compilation of first-person accounts, offering an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the bank, which has become not just Asia’s leading bank but also recognised as World’s Best Digital Bank twice. The 50 years also showcases the meaningful work done by 50 Enterprises of Change mentored by DBS in conjunction with our 50th anniversary, a continuation of the bank’s years-long support for social entrepreneurship.

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Find out more about our significant milestones over the years.

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