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Diligent and Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange Find 95% of Boards Are Seeking Knowledge on the Benefits and Risks of Digital Assets like Cryptocurrency


New research reveals 40% of board directors view the ability to understand digital assets as a competitive advantage

New York, NY, June 21 - Ninety-five percent of boards are actively seeking knowledge on the benefits and risks of blockchain-based digital assets like cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) according to a new report released today by Diligent, the global leader in modern governance providing SaaS solutions across governance, risk, compliance and ESG, and Silicon Valley Director’s Exchange (SVDX), a non-profit organization offering educational and networking programs to boards of directors.

The report Blockchain Digital Assets: Fad, Disruption or Strategic Driver? reveals how nearly 200 corporate directors are thinking about blockchain-based digital assets as they pertain to roles and responsibilities in the boardroom. Among other notable findings, the report highlights how well directors currently understand developing trends around digital assets and how important incorporating digital assets into strategy is to their companies’ future global competitiveness. The report is powered by Diligent Institute, the research arm and think tank of Diligent, and SVDX.

“Blockchain-based digital assets have risen on the radars of boards over the last few years, as digital currencies are adopted into mainstream B2B payment flows and central banks across the world,” said Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director of the Diligent Institute. “These results tell us that despite the turbulence of the industry, 40% of boards believe understanding digital assets like crypto, including its risks and benefits, will be important to their organizations’ competitiveness in the future.”

Among the top findings:

  • Boards lack solid understanding of digital assets but are building competency. Directors rated their boards’ understanding of digital assets at only a 4 on our 10-point scale, however 56% are seeking information on digital assets through their own independent research, and 54% are getting information from third-party experts or consultants.
  • Many boards view understanding digital assets as a potential competitive advantage for their company. Forty percent of directors feel the ability to understand and strategically incorporate digital assets will be important to their companies’ global competitiveness in the future.
  • The majority of directors believe regulations will soon tighten around cryptocurrency. Seventy-four percent of directors believe that the SEC and similar regulatory bodies will tighten regulation of cryptocurrency in the next 1 - 2 years.
  • Directors don’t believe regulatory hesitancy or hostility towards digital assets will damage global competitiveness. Only 27% of directors believe that perceived regulatory reticence toward digital assets in their region will damage their companies’ global competitiveness.

“The survey results point to an awareness on the part of directors that there is yet a lot to learn and understand about blockchain digital asset implications. That is the good news,” said Daniel Siciliano, Chairman of SVDX. “More challenging is the need for a clearer consistent source of helpful information (strategic and practical) for directors on this topic moving forward.”

Read the full report here

About the Survey

The report Blockchain Digital Assets: Fad, Disruption or Strategic Driver? is powered by Diligent Institute, the research arm and think tank of Diligent, and Silicon Valley Director’s Exchange (SVDX). The findings are drawn from a survey of 232 corporate leaders from May 3 to May 19, 2022, spanning both public and private companies across a variety of industry groups. This report analyzes the responses from the 187 responses from corporate directors. About 60% of our director respondents represent public companies, with the remaining 40% representing private companies. About 60% of our respondents represent companies based in the United States, with 40% representing companies located in other regions around the world.

About Diligent

Diligent is the global leader in modern governance, providing SaaS solutions across governance, risk, compliance and ESG. Serving more than 1 million users from over 25,000 customers around the world, we empower transformational leaders with technology, insights and confidence to drive greater impact and lead with purpose. Learn more at

About Silicon Valley Director’s Exchange

Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX) is a non-profit organization established to develop and deliver insightful and actionable director education, encourage and facilitate conversations among directors on important and current issues, and provide “director only” opportunities for dynamic interaction and connections between board members living in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit the SVDX website at

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