The cooperative sector in the Philippines is one of the most vibrant and dynamic sectors in the country, with over 28,000 registered cooperatives and more than 14 million members as of 20201.
Cooperatives are autonomous and democratic organizations that aim to achieve their social, economic, and cultural needs and aspirations by making equitable contributions to the capital required, patronizing their products and services and accepting a fair share of the risks and benefits of the undertaking2.
However, the cooperative sector also faces many challenges in the rapidly changing and competitive environment, such as the need to improve their governance, management, human capital, products and services, access to finance, markets and infrastructure, and compliance with regulatory requirements3.
Moreover, the cooperative sector needs to adapt to the digital transformation (DX) that is reshaping the world of business and society.
DX is the process of using digital technologies to create new or modify existing business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements.
DX can help cooperatives improve their efficiency, productivity, innovation, customer satisfaction, and competitiveness. However, DX also requires cooperatives to invest in digital infrastructure, skills, culture, and partnerships.
DX and the Rise of Insurtechs
One of the emerging trends in DX is the rise of insurtechs, which are technology-driven companies that offer innovative solutions for the insurance industry. Insurtechs can provide cooperatives with new ways of managing risks, reducing costs, enhancing customer experience, and creating new value propositions.
However, insurtechs also pose challenges for cooperatives, such as the need to comply with data privacy and security regulations, integrate with legacy systems, and maintain trust and loyalty among members.
Insurtechs are technology-driven companies that offer innovative solutions for the insurance industry.
According to a recent article by The Insurer, insurtechs are evolving from being disruptors to enablers of the insurance industry. Instead of competing with traditional insurers, insurtechs are increasingly partnering with them to provide complementary services and solutions.
Insurtechs have formed strategic alliances with insurers to offer digital platforms, data analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, and other technologies that can enhance the insurance value chain.
Insurtechs can also help insurers tap into new markets and segments, such as microinsurance, parametric insurance, peer-to-peer insurance, and on-demand insurance.
The implications of this trend for the cooperative sector’s DX efforts are significant. Cooperatives can leverage the potential of insurtechs to improve their insurance operations and services for their members. Cooperatives can also collaborate with insurtechs to develop innovative solutions that are tailored to their specific needs and contexts.
However, cooperatives also need to be careful in choosing their insurtech partners and ensure that they share their values and principles. Cooperatives also need to ensure that they have adequate digital capabilities and governance structures to manage their relationships with insurtechs.
Insurtechs are evolving from being disruptors to enablers of the insurance industry. This trend offers opportunities and challenges for the cooperative sector’s DX efforts. Cooperatives can benefit from partnering with insurtechs to enhance their insurance operations and services for their members. However, cooperatives also need to be prudent in selecting their insurtech partners and ensure that they have sufficient digital competencies and frameworks to manage their partnerships.