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We dream of a world in which people come first. A world where families are safe, healthy and free. Economic development is important, but strong economies alone do not guarantee strong societies. If people lack the most basic human necessities, the building blocks to improve their quality of life, a healthy environment and the opportunity to reach their full potential, a society is failing regardless what the economic numbers say.
The Social Progress Index is a new way to define the success of our societies. It is a comprehensive measure of real quality of life, independent of economic indicators. The Social Progress Index is designed to complement, rather than replace, economic measures such as GDP.
“Countries need a new measure that assesses and quantifies the things that really matter to real people: Do I have enough to eat? Do I have shelter? Can I get an education? The Social Progress Index was created to meet that need.”
Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative View his TED talk “What the Social Progress Index Can Reveal About Your Country”
Figure 1. Framework questions for Social Progress Index 2020.
The Social Progress Index helps decision-makers and everyday people understand how individuals are really living and who is being left behind. Empowered with this new insight, they can craft evidence-based policies, allocate resources and drive actions in ways that really matter: better healthcare and education, safer streets, a clean environment, and an inclusive society with rights and opportunities for everyone.
“Today’s business leaders want to better understand the societal forces shaping our world. I believe the Social Progress Index has the ability to help enable these leaders, alongside those in government and civil society organizations, to systematically identify a strategy towards responsible and inclusive growth through prioritizing the most pressing needs of their communities.”
David Cruickshank, Board Chair, Social Progress Imperative, Former Global Chair, Deloitte