See the world differently

Measuring social progress, not wealth

We empower communities with new ways to think about and measure success. We bring governments, businesses, and civil society together around a new vision of what their communities could be.

Measuring a better world

The Social Progress Index allows everyone, regardless of their role in society, to join in a common understanding of how well their community performs on the things that really matter to everyday people.

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After examining their performance in comparison to other countries on the global Social Progress Index, the national government of Paraguay decided to double their investment in childhood nutrition.

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Jerry Cameron cites Social Progress Imperative CEO Michael Green, and Rafał Rudzki of Deloitte Sustainability Consulting Services Central Europe, in an article discussing how European Union membership has been beneficial for Central and Eastern European countries. He states, “Bulgaria and Romania, ranking lowest in the Social Progress Index amongst EU member states, along with Serbia, […]

13 Jul 2016

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Higher GDP per capita alone does not determine real quality of life. This is according to the 2016 Social Progress Index published today by US-based nonprofit, the Social Progress Imperative. The Index ranks Finland the world’s most socially progressive country; Canada in second place tops the G7 nations.

•Finland tops 2016 Social Progress Index + Canada, Australia and UK also perform well
•U.S. slips to 19th with “disappointing” score: joins China, Russia + Iran among weakest performers
•Costa Rica, Uruguay, Ghana + Senegal exceed expectations

29 Jun 2016