Telos is the ESG

🌎 Environmental, ✌️ Social & 🏢 Governance (ESG) investments & business practices are becoming increasingly important criteria when weighing the potential risks of an initiative. Many institutions have been calling for ESG solutions in the cryptocurrency sector but no network has delivered…until Telos.

Telos is extremely fast, virtually fee-less and more powerful than major competitors. However, it takes more than that to be #RealWorldReady. Telos is making a conscious effort to become the leading ESG Blockchain, positioning itself for mass adoption by real world users around the world.


What is ESG and why does it matter?

The acronym ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. It’s a criterion which is popular in the world of business and investing. ESG is used to identify risks that may be missed through traditional forms of analysis.

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Benefits of ESG

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Conserving the world’s natural resources

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Socially Responsible

Acting in a way that benefits society

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The history of ESG can be traced back to 2004. At that time, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan invited 50+ CEOs of major financial institutions to develop recommendations on how to integrate ESG elements into capital markets. Everyone involved benefited from the move toward ESG, due to its ability to uncover value in areas where analytical methods fall short.

An ESG Global Survey found that asset owners allocated 48% of their funds towards ESG in 2017. This number grew to 75% in 2019, and these numbers are projected to grow to 92% by the end of 2021. This proves that there is a ton of value in ESG investments, both from a socially conscious standpoint as well as a financial perspective.

So, what does ESG have to do with crypto & blockchain?

One of the biggest growing pains for the blockchain sector has been society’s negative view towards the technology. There are many common misconceptions around the effects that this technology has on the world, and for good reason. With the potential to radically alter how our economies, businesses and relationships operate, there is a level of risk that comes with mass adoption, as with any major technological advancement.

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This became most apparent after the price of Bitcoin fell following concerns around energy consumption. In during a webcast at the Consensus 2021, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary noted that “everybody’s got to wake up and realize there’s demand [for crypto], but it has to be done around ESG concerns.”

“Everybody’s got to wake up and realize there’s demand [for crypto], but it has to be done around ESG concerns.”

– Kevin O’Leary

O’Leary noted that any large institution has ESG compliance committees that “have covenants around how assets are made, whether carbon is burned, whether human rights are involved.”

Unfortunately, this problem will never be fully solved in the traditional blockchains, such as the Bitcoin network. This is because ESG was never a consideration in the design. However, Blockchain 3.0 has presented a unique opportunity for massive industry change and the solution to these problems is closer than many people realize.

Telos launched as a grassroots network in 2018, with no ICO or venture capital funding. So, Telos founders were never concerned with developing a traditional “sales pitch” for investors or users. Instead, the network sought to solve several major issues that hindered other blockchains. Although not identified at the time, many of these problems were ESG related.

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The Telos network has worked to become the most accessible, equitable and efficient blockchain on the market. During this process, the network has naturally grown to become the world’s leading example of what it means to be an ESG blockchain. Whether you look at it through the lens of environmental impact, social responsibility or governance capabilities, Telos comes out on top every time.

Over the years, these characteristics have attracted over 100 projects, integrating the Telos network in a way that continues the mission of ESG initiatives. There are far too many to fit into one article, but we’ll be highlighting some relevant examples below. We encourage our community to check out the rest.


When Douglas Horn wrote The Telos Whitepaper in 2018, governance was the primary issue that Telos sought to solve. This is because the Telos blockchain operates on a protocol known as Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS). Without getting into the technical weeds, DPoS gives community members the power to vote for validators that they believe have a vested interest in the network.

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Strong governance is integral for this protocol to succeed, and Telos has proven this with flying colors. Beyond voting on validators, this governance model can be found in every other area of the network’s operations, from funding proposals through Telos Works to protocol and governance amendments via Telos Amend. You can even see this in committee elections and community polls.  
This is thanks to Telos Decide, a powerful governance engine that exceeds the capabilities of all other major blockchains. Community members have used Telos Decide to vote on changes in legislature, grant funds to community initiatives, modify network economics and much more.

The equitable nature of the tool ensures that all changes represent stakeholder sentiment in a truly democratic yet decentralized fashion. This tool is available to any developers who want to utilize it in their own projects, making honest governance easier to implement than ever before.

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decide™ Enterprise is a powerful goverance tool that leverages the Telos Decide engine. It’s currently being developed with multiple use cases in mind, including governance, document management, committee/organization management, elections, funds management and much more. On top of solving many of the biggest issues surrounding governance execution, decide™ will become increasingly accessible through the upcoming release of the decide™ Voter Mobile App.

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  • Network Agnostic
  • Secure
  • Modular
  • Configurable
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Governance
  • Private Governance
  • Mobile App

Governance Case Study: decide™ Enterprise

GoodBlock Technologies is a private business founded by Douglas Horn, Chief Architect of the Telos blockchain. They are currently improving the capabilities of blockchain governance with the development of Decide™ Enterprise and the Decide™ Voter Mobile App.

These two advanced user interfaces expand the capabilities of the Telos Decide engine even further. They also improve access for enterprise users and general users. With all of this considered, Decide™ Enterprise and Decide Voter are poised to revolutionize every area of corporate, public or private governance.  

As Horn puts it, “Governance is the technology of allowing people to make decisions together. The broader and more inclusive the participation enabled by government, the more people will be able to guide their own government and build consensus about the operation of their societies, without depending on the threat or reality of violence to enforce compliance.”

“For the last two hundred and fifty years, advances in the technology of governance have all been about more efficiently exercising top-down control of the populace. Telos Decide is the first disruptive technology in participatory governance that empowers individuals to better organize themselves into groups that can manage their own governance, without the inherent threat of violence or removal of rights by a government’s existing powers.”

Additional Governance Examples


TAIKAI is an end-to-end platform that manages open innovation challenges for organizations or corporate businesses. The challenges are solved by their community of innovators and the best projects are selected through a transparent and auditable voting system.

  • Network Agnostic
  • Secure
  • Modular
  • Configurable


Peeranha is a decentralized question and answer website that rewards users with crypto tokens (PEER) for their valuable contributions. Unlike other question and answer websites where an organization owns the website and all the data generated from users, Peeranha is owned by the community and rewards are distributed to community members in exchange for their work in growing the ecosystem.

  • Decentralized
  • Ownership by Users
  • Rewards contribution


T-Starter combines cross-chain bridges and a fixed-pool swap platform to allow projects to raise funds more cost effectively than is possible on other blockchains. Other popular fundraising platforms face high gas fees, which make small value transactions unaffordable and exclude many users from participating in swap pools. T-Swaps utilizes the Telos network to solve this problem, resulting in wider participation and a far more cost effective token sale.

  • Cross-chain Swaps
  • Anti-scam Features
  • Governance Model
  • Fixed & Dynamic Swap Pools
  • Full KYC Integration
  • Permission-less Listing


A payment platform and financial ecosystem to empower humanity and heal our planet. SEEDS offers tools to help you, your business or your movement regenerate our planet, while encouraging collaboration, cooperation and community building.

  • Pay no transaction fees
  • Have a direct voice in governance
  • Earn grants for regenerative initiatives
  • Earn an income/revenue for participating
  • 88+ Countries: Co-create the New World
  • 5000+ Regenerators & Change Agents
  • 450+ Partners & Collaborators
  • Heal our planet with every purchase or sale


Newlife is a cultural research and social creativity platform for design studios, artists, retailers, galleries, magazines and brands at the forefront of culture in over 107 countries to research, coolhunt and hire emerging talents.

  • Accelerating creative networking
  • Ownership by Users
  • Find and hire talents


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A recent analysis found that Telos’ energy consumption estimates are lower than any major competitor, even Visa! Beyond estimates, the community is currently auditing their energy consumption and CO2 generation based on detailed reports from all network validators.

This will allow users to accurately predict their energy usage and mitigate it through community approved carbon credit purchases and Telos-based initiatives such as SEEDS, LocalScale, and Corcocoin projects. All these efforts ensure Telos provides the gold standard of environmental transparency in the blockchain industry.

Even with these incredibly low energy statistics, the network is doing more. Members of the community and the Telos Foundation are working to make the network fully carbon neutral. This will be tackled in a unique way that no other blockchain can easily accomplish.

Thanks to the governance that Telos is built upon, carbon neutral funding does not have to come from a centralized body. Instead, community members can vote to release network funds to chain initiatives who will carry out the rest of the process. If the vote passes, Telos will be the only blockchain to go carbon neutral through fully decentralized and autonomous voting. In the meantime, the nature of DPoS lets the community vote for the ethical validators like TelosGreen, a popular network validator that focuses on sustainability.

Consuming less energy or even going carbon neutral isn’t enough when it comes to having a positive environmental impact. Projects must actively find ways to foster environmental regeneration. With all the ESG tools available to developers, Telos has attracted many projects whose sole mission is improving and maintaining our natural resources. This has pushed Telos far ahead of competitors when it comes to environmental impact.

SEEDS is an innovative economic system and cryptocurrency that is championing these issues by using the Telos network.


A payment platform and financial ecosystem to empower humanity and heal our planet. SEEDS offers tools to help you, your business or your movement regenerate our planet, while encouraging collaboration, cooperation and community building.

  • Pay no transaction fees
  • Have a direct voice in governance
  • Earn grants for regenerative initiatives
  • Earn an income/revenue for participating
  • 88+ Countries: Co-create the New World
  • 5000+ Regenerators & Change Agents
  • 450+ Partners & Collaborators
  • Heal our planet with every purchase or sale

Additional Environmental Examples


LocalScale is a public benefit organization focusing on the development of resilient and sustainable local economies through the use of technology, science and regenerative activities. It offers an inclusive, free-to-access organization and a platform that will promote the creation and use of local products, providing local economic alternatives to traditional financial systems, fostering local entrepreneurship and local communities, while advocating for social equality and social justice.

  • Zero Cost Payment System
  • On a Zero Environmental Impact Blockchain
  • Community owned platform
  • Regenerative & Local Action
  • Facilitate cooperation
  • Connect the global actors of change
  • Empower local communities
  • 120 Partners & 22 Collaborations


An ecological currency providing a positive solution to global warming. Users can purchase TREE tokens and in exchange a farmer plants a tree. Each tree is carefully selected, mindful of the location and ecosystem. A photo and GPS location are uploaded to the CORCO system. Token holders own their specific tree for 60 years, during which they collect CORCOCOIN rewards, representative of the Co2 that the tree captures.

  • Each CORCOCOIN is worth 1kg of Co2
  • Utilize the token for savings from the Corcovado shop
  • Connecting economics to natural resources
  • An NFT/Currency for Carbon offsetting


Empowering African communities to collect weather data. The mission of Kanda Weather Balloons is to build an entirely community-owned balloon network, in hopes of empowering African university students to become local climate change leaders. This project offers a viable solution to the lack of real-time and historical climate data in West Africa.

  • Real-Time Data
  • Open Source
  • Blockchain-Powered
  • Community Owned
  • Tokenised Rewards
  • Tokenised For the Vulnerable


Both environmental and governance aspects feed into the socially conscious narratives that surround the Telos network. Many popular blockchains have been described as plutocracies. The criticism is largely due to centralized/elite control, high participation fees, exclusive governance practices and a slew of other barriers to entry. This has resulted is numerous ecosystems that cater to early adopters, making it difficult for socially conscious initiatives to thrive.

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However, Telos is on a mission to keep the network and its resources as accessible as possible to any user. The Telos Resource Exchange and Telos Worker Proposal System are both examples of tools that developers can utilize to receive the resources needed to pursue any task. Additionally, The Telos Foundation is a body of individuals that are voted in and funded by the network to support developing projects.  

All of this creates an equitable ecosystem that allows socially conscious initiatives to thrive in a way that would be impossible on any other blockchain.


Lips is a community-designed social media platform and marketplace with a social mission: to improve the mental health and financial well-being of women, non-binary folks, and the LGBTQIA+ community. It serves as a digital space where these groups can express themselves creatively and never worry about being banned or targeted with abuse.

  • An inclusive app for marginalized voices
  • Supporting historically marginalised communities
  • Earn an income/revenue for participating
  • Over 10,000 new users in the first month
  • Winner LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Tech Award
  • Featured in Mashable, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Huffington Post

Social Case Study: Lips

Lips is a recent addition to the Telos ecosystem with a powerful and timely social mission. Lips partnered with Telos after an exhaustive search of blockchain networks that could eliminate the risk of deplatforming.

The platform is reshaping the social media landscape in a way that empowers women, non-binary folks, and the LGBTQIA+ community. The creators of this platform set out to create an environment which combats the censorship, harassment and plagiarism that these marginalized communities face on major social media platforms. The platform also gathers data surrounding important social topics which can be integrated into other platforms, creating a more inclusive internet across the board.  

The project has already raised over $62,000 in public funding and received features in Mashable, The Daily Beast, HuffPost and Forbes. Lips also won the LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Tech Award from WomenTech Network. Lips is one of the most recognized socially conscious projects in the blockchain space, and one of

Additional Environmental Examples


A transparent and trustworthy data platform, building solutions to fight ethical challenges in the AI and BigData Industry, with the help of Blockchain technology. Offering a Global Workforce to collect and structure data from conflict-affected regions and communities. Through its solutions, Unbiased aims to contribute towards innovation and the betterment of societies.

  • Data Annotation
  • Data Collection
  • Data Marketplace
  • Transparency
  • Quality Assurance
  • Unbiased Data
  • Worker Satisfaction
  • Spam Free Accounts
  • Global Workforce


HeartChurch is the first blockchain church, created to impact the world. The project is made up of a team of professionals, with Christian values and a mission to satisfy physical and spiritual needs, through knowledge, solidarity and love. The organization provides opportunities for those in politically mismanaged countries, helping individuals from these areas grow both on blockchain platforms and in their local communities. Their pioneering project, "Pan del cielo", served more than 3,000 people in Venezuela.

  • Provide spiritual & moral guidance within the blockchain
  • Fight for freedom in life, against oppression & slavery
  • Guarantee basic human rights for all humanity
  • Grow supportive faith communities & effective Christian leaders


A whole new atmosphere of freedom. Free to say, to do, to transact and to build together. Built with intensity, built with tenacity and built with freedom and liberty for a better future. Discussions provides you with the tools to build a community around the world to fulfil your collective vision. It is a community building engine that helps you turn your vision into the future.

  • Content ranking and reward system
  • Promoting free and fair speech
  • Unique decentralized advertisement module
  • Leverage your current social platforms
  • Native Token (ATMOS)
  • Upcoming NFT Support


Decentralized storage is a foundational element of Web3.0 that does not yet have a suitable solution. dStor finally solves this problem. dStor is the only scalable implementation of decentralized storage currently available, built with an economic model that benefits both users and node operators.

  • Resiliency: Access data from anywhere
  • Speed: Deliver data quickly
  • Security: Tamper-proof your files
  • Cost Savings: Maximize revenue


The internet has deep-rooted problems that grow daily: distrust, plagiarism, and fake news. WordProof wants to create a new standard for a more reliable and trustworthy internet, with the help of blockchain technology. The WordProof Timestamp Ecosystem empowers internet users and content creators with the tools to build a safer and more trustworthy internet.

  • Enable Verifiable Trust
  • Protect Your Content
  • Prepare for Next-Generation SEO
  • Copyright Protection
  • Time Machine
  • Wordpress Plugin


Havuta LLC is a Swiss-based company, dedicated to serving the digital data capture needs of the development sector. They offer robust data solutions for impact-driven organizations. Havuta is one platform for all your research design, data collection, and data management needs. As the globally recognized symbol of proven, verified impact, their aim is to help users usher their organization into the next era of impact data collection and analysis.

  • Pre-design phase
  • Design phase
  • Testing the questionnaire
  • Launching surveys
  • Scheduling and sending out reminders
  • Data cleaning
  • Analysis
  • Reporting
  • Connecting platforms cleaning

Conclusion: ESG is the future, and the future is Telos!

The 3 pillars that make up ESG initiatives are never going away and will only become more important as time passes. While the criteria from an investment standpoint is relatively new, the principles are not. Environmental impact, social responsibility and transparent governance offer the economic advantages and stability necessary for the world to thrive.

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It makes sense that Telos, the most powerful, valuable and impactful blockchain would inherently advance in all three ESG strands. The fact that this happened organically, due to the missions of the community and the projects it attracted only strengthens this fact.

Telos didn’t set out to become the ESG blockchain in a contrived manner, instead, this evolved naturally due to its own intrinsic ESG qualities. Three years of dedicated development has led to over 100 integrations with projects from the crypto world that are reflective of the network’s own ESG characteristics. Without a doubt there are thousands more to come.

As the blockchain industry stands at a crossroads, the lack of ESG initiatives has been the primary roadblock halting mass adoption from institutional investors, major businesses and real-world users. However, this will never be a concern for Telos, the leading ESG blockchain. Developers, investors and community members can rest assured that the Telos blockchain will stand the tests of time, grow with the needs of humanity and accomplish things that haven’t even been imagined.