WEF, CoinDesk launch accelerator to push crypto-enabled ESG efforts

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with CoinDesk, a news site specializing in digital currencies, has launched the Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator (CISA), a new accelerator dedicated to shaping the future of crypto-enabled Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts.

CISA aims to bring together a vibrant ecosystem around a uniform set of ESG goals through projects across three pillars that advance learning and enable leadership focused on diverse geographies.

These include a digital ethnography of crypto-enabled financial inclusion efforts, the development of a toolkit on decentralized autonomous organizations, and the management of a workshop series focused on the intersection of crypto and net-zero efforts.

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“The crypto ecosystem is expected to see massive worldwide adoption over the next few years. There is an opportunity to shape an inclusive and sustainable future to ensure we maximize the benefits and minimize the risks ahead. This project aims to bring together leaders to accomplish just this.

The accelerator will bring together private companies, government representatives, academics, international organizations, experts, NGOs, in multistakeholder projects to advance the global ESG agenda with actionable measures.

Community members include Andreesen Horowitz, Celo, Chainalysis, CoinDesk, Coinshares, Ernst and Young, Ethereum Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Grayscale Capital, Ripple, and the Stellar Development Foundation.

Mr. Michael Casey, Chief Content Officer at CoinDesk, said that “The world’s ESG challenges defy national jurisdictions, corporate structures and any form of centralized authority. We need decentralized information solutions that are uniformly trusted by governments, companies, investors and the general public to inform reliable resource decisions that attack those problems. CoinDesk is thrilled to support CISA’s role in gathering a global, multi-stakeholder community to advance these kinds of crypto ESG solutions.

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