The creation of the Social Progress Index has been made possible only with the help of many, many people and organizations. We thank everyone who has contributed to our effort. We could never hope to name all those who have helped us, but we would like to highlight the following individuals and organizations for their contributions. To anyone we may have forgotten, we can only ask that you be as generous in spirit as you were with your time.
Thanks to our partners Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Fundación Avina, Ford Foundation and Skoll Foundation. We are also grateful to several individual donors. These organizations and individuals had faith in our project and have generously funded our work.
For tireless work on our behalf to carry our work forward across Latin America, thanks to the team at Fundación Avina and Avina Americas: Gabriel Baracatt, Glaucia Barros, Cecilia Barja, Edgard Bermudez, Marcus Fuchs, Tatiana Lopez, Cynthia Loría, Sean McKaughan, Valdemar Oliveira, Francisca Rivero, Eduardo Rotela, Guillermo Scallan, Bernardo Toro, Luis Miguel Artieda, Marcela Mondino and Pablo Vagliente. The team of Guayana Acosta, Emily Fintel Kaiser and Adrian Naranjo provided critical support to the Social Progress Imperative before it became an independent organization and has supported us since. Raul Gauto led special efforts at Fundación Avina to create our Social Progress Network in Latin America.
Thanks to Deloitte for their significant contributions globally across a number of strategic areas: leadership and direction on the Board of Directors; strategic input to develop an engagement strategy for the private sector; convening key stakeholders around the Social Progress Index and the Social Progress Imperative’s agenda; economic consulting expertise and insight to author a global report on the relationship between foreign direct investment and social progress; strategic communications advice, expertise and execution to support launch activities globally, and in country, with the media, government and the private sector to build awareness and advance the global debate on social progress; guidance and support in progressing subnational index discussions in North America and the EU; and active engagement in social progress networks across Latin America to advance discussions and actions on national priorities. We especially want to thank Leena Patel for her invaluable contributions.
Special thanks to the great team at Skoll Foundation: Edwin Ou, Paula Kravitz, Renee Kaplan, Suzana Grego and Alison Gilbert. At the Skoll World Forum, thanks to Sarah Borgman, Lindsey Fishleder, Jill Ultan, Gabriel Diamond, Phil Collis and Tina Tan-Zane. The Forum provided a platform for the 2013 launch of our organization and the beta version of our index, as well as for the 2014 launch of the Social Progress Network and the 2017 event, “Porter on Progress.” Additionally, the Forum has enabled us to benefit from the wisdom of some of the world’s leading social innovators.
At The Rockefeller Foundation, thanks to Zia Khan, Nancy MacPherson, John Irons, Alyson Wise, Jeremy Cooper, Tommy O’Donnell, Laura Gordon, Abigail Carlton, Erissa Scalera, Michael Myers, Selina Patton and Laura Fishler.
Much thanks for the groundbreaking work and inspiration of Professor Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris; Professor Amartya Sen, Harvard University; Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University; Professor Enrico Giovannini, University of Rome Tor Vergata; and the late Professor Mahbub ul Haq, University of Karachi. Our project would be literally unimaginable without the ability to build on their work.
Thanks also to scholars whose wisdom has helped shape our work: Marc Fleurbaey, Princeton University and the members of the International Panel on Social Progress; Nava Ashraf, Harvard Business School; Sigal Barsade, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Manuel Trajtenberg, Council for Higher Education in Israel; Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan; Denise Lievesley, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford; Sabina Alkire, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford; Terra Lawson-Remer, Cimarron; and Allister McGregor, Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex.
Very special thanks to Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School, without whose knowledge and expertise our work would be impossible. Also at Harvard Business School and its Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, thanks to Richard Bryden, Marcela Merino, Alexandra Houghtalin, Kyla Hanaway, Jill Hogue, Jem Hudson, Christian Ketels, Jorge Ramirez-Vallejo, Ivan Stoitzev, Laurel McCraig and Melissa Fall.
Special thanks to Professor Scott Stern, Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, whose contributions and guidance have been invaluable. Also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thanks to Jason Jay and Tetyana Pecherska.
Special thanks to Hakon Gunnarsson, Rosa Jonsdottir and colleagues, who partnered with us to host the What Works conferences in Reykjavik, Iceland April 2016 and April 2017, and to all the sponsors of Those events. Thanks to Icelandic political leaders Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Mayor of Kópavogur Ármann Kristinn Ólafsson for convening the event. Thanks to RIDG for adding an exciting new dimension to the conference with their graphic recordings.
For their partnership on the groundbreaking People’s Report Card, special thanks to Simon Moss and the team at Global Citizen.
Thanks to Regitze Hess at the International Federation for Housing and Planning; Alison Kennedy and Anuja Singh at UNESCO Institute for Statistics; Juan Botero and Alejandro Ponce at the World Justice Project; and Diana Fletschner at Landesa for technical input on components and indicators.
For reviewing the Social Progress Index, providing advice on human rights measurement, and inviting us to participate in a human rights conference, thank you to Anne-Marie Brook of Motu Economic & Public Policy Research and David Richards of the Human Rights Institute of the University of Connecticut, as well as conference participants Susan Randolph of the University of Connecticut and K. Chad Clay of the University of Georgia.
At the World Bank, thanks to Kaushik Basu, Maitreyi Bordia Das, Fabrice Houdart, Aleem Walji, Anil Sinha and Neil Fantom. At the Inter-American Development Bank, thanks to Julie Katzman for participating in “Social Progress Reconsidered: What Really Is Success?” in November 2015.
Thanks to Peter Schechter, Jason Marczak, Natalie Alhonte, María Fernanda Pérez Argüello, Rachel DeLevie-Orey, Abby Moore and Andrea Murta at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council. At the Center for Global Development, thanks to Andy Sumner and Owen Barder. Thanks also to Andrew Maskrey and Bina Desai at Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.
At the UN Human Development Report Office, thanks to Selim Jahan and Milorad Kovacevic. Thanks also to Ed Cain and Elizabeth Cheung of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for inviting us to participate in the Indices Summit at UCLA in March 2016.
Thanks too to our friends Henry and Colleen Timms, Simon Moss, Pamela Hartigan, Indy Johar, Randolph Kent, Laurie Joshua and Michael Borowitz for wisdom and inspiration.
Thanks to Karen Weisblatt and her team at Weisblatt & associés: Alex Kirchberger, Dr Jan Niessen, Dr. André Carmo and Dr. Andreas Tsolakis for their invaluable help evaluating our efforts
Thank you to Astrid Scholz, Steve Wright and the team at Sphaera for their thought partnership and efforts to highlight effective solutions to key social challenges.
Special thanks to our staff, led by Michael Green: Luke Greeves, Ladan Manteghi, Amy Wares, Abi Weaver, Steve Chaplain, Anne Snouck-Hurgronje, Jonathan Talbot, Justin Edwards, Tamar Epner, Franklin Murillo, Petra Krylova, Jaime Garcia, Tiana Noecker, Carlos Jáuregui and Brent Nagel.
Thanks to our new regional partners for coordinating work across many countries and dozens of partner organizations: INCAE for leading Progreso Social Mesoamérica, and Fundación Avina for leading Progreso Social Sudamérica. Thanks to Victor Umaña, Jaime Garcia and Beatriz Miranda, our regional team in Mesoamérica; and Glaucia Barros, Juan Cristóbal Birbuet and Marcelo Mosaner, our regional team in Sudamérica.
Numerous partner organizations in Latin America were among our earliest and remain our most constant and innovative supporters. At VIVA, special thanks to Roberto Artavia, for leading our pioneering efforts and for his continuous guidance and support of the Social Progress Network in Latin America, as well as to Shannon Music, Monika Schmid and Roberto J. Artavia. At VIVA, thanks to Urs Jagger and Arturo Rodriguez. At GENTERA, thanks to Alejandro Puente and Jorge Daniel Manrique. At IGNIA, thanks to Sebastian Cueva Pena and Gladys Garza Rivera. At INCAE Business School, special thanks to Enrique Bolaños for continuous support to our deployment in Latin America; and to Camelia Ilie, Andrea Prado and Juan Carlos Barahona for leading an applied research agenda on social progress.
Many organizations in Paraguay took a risk, organized our first national network and helped to pioneer use of the Social Progress Index framework. Thanks to the leaders and teams at Secretaría Técnica de Planificación del Desarrollo Económico y Social (STP), Fundación Avina, Fundación Paraguaya, Fundación Moisés Bertoni, Fundación Desarrollo en Democracia, Mingarã, Feprinco, Asociación de Empresarios Cristianos, Club de Ejecutivos, Pro Desarrollo Paraguay, Equipo Nacional de Estrategia País, Fundación MAE UC, Global Shapers Asunción, Deloitte Paraguay, Red de Líderes para la Competitividad and Red del Pacto Global Paraguay. We would especially like to thank Lyliana Gayoso and Jimena Vallejos. Special thanks to Minister José Molinas for leading the first National Development Plan Paraguay 2030, which adopts the Social Progress Index as key performance indicator. Thanks to Eduardo Rotela, chair of the national network, and to Paula Burt, executive coordinator.
In Argentina, many individuals and organizations have been critical to introducing the Social Progress Index in relevant spaces for policy debate. Thanks to Roberto Artavia, Gabriel Baracatt, Fernando Bach, Carlos March and Marcela Mondino for leading our efforts in Argentina. Special thanks to Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey and his team, especially Carlos Parodi, Daniel Sanchez and Micaela Perez Balzarini for developing the first application of the Social Progress Index at the provincial level in Argentina. Thanks to AACREA, CIPPEC, Fundación Banco de la Provincia, Fundacion Minka, the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires, GIFE and to the Ministry of Social Development for their special interest in SPI. We also want to thank Vice President of Argentina Gabriela Michetti, Secretary Fernando de Andreis, Minister Carolina Stanley, Catalina de la Puente, Carolina Langan, Santiago López Medrano, Agustina Suaya, Liliana Paniagua, Fundación Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Fundación Banco de la Provincia de Córdoba and Daniela Nasif.
In Bolivia, special thanks to the Ministry of Autonomies for it interest in SPI, in partnership with Fundación Avina. We would especially like to thank Miguel Castro, Chiaki Kinjo, Carlos Gustavo Machicado and David Barrera Ojeda. Thanks to Ciudadanía Bolivia, to the regional government of Cochabamba and to the city of Cochabamba for conducting and debating innovative applications of the social progress framework.
In Brazil, several partner organizations have been critical to some of the first real-world applications of our tools at the subnational level. Special thanks to Imazon to lead the first subnational Social Progress Index at the Municipal level; to Coca-Cola, Natura and IPSOS for leading the first application of the social progress methodology at the community level; and to Instituto Pereira Passos, Fundacion Avina and Fundação Roberto Marinho for leading the first Social Progress Index for the Administrative Regions of Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to Banco do Brasil, Coca-Cola Brazil, Comunitas, Camargo Correa, Centro Ruth Cardoso, CLUA, Deloitte, Fundacíon Avina, Fundação Amazônia Sustentável, Fundação Dom Cabral, Fractal Processos, GIFE, Giral, Good Energies, Instituto Arapyaú, Instituto Ethos, Instituto Pereira Passos, ICE, Imazon, Imaflora, IPSOS, ISA, Natura, Observatório do Clima, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Instituto EcoSocial, IBM, Sistema B and Vale. Thanks to Paulo Seiffer, and to Eduarda La Rocque, Sergio Besserman, Ladislau Dowbor, Marcelo Neri, Thereza Lobo, Junia Santa Rosa, André Luis André Soares for their contributions to the launch of the Social Progress Index for the Administrative Regions of Rio de Janeiro. Special thanks to José Roberto Marinho for continuous support of the application of the Social Progress Index in Brazil. Thanks to Glaucia Barros, chair of the network, Renato Souza, communications lead, and to Mateus Mendonca and Marina Viski for executive coordination.
In Chile, thanks to the Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, Acción, Deloitte, Fundación Avina, Fundación Superación Pobreza, and Masisa who joined efforts to organize SPI-related activities in Chile. Thanks to Francisca Rivero for chairing the Network, and to Hernan Blanco, Pamela Ríos, Roberto Salas, Regina Massai, Gracia Navarro, Verónica González, Jorge Maluenda, Pabla Flores and Magdalena Aninat. And special thanks to the Universidad de Concepción, to the municipality of El Cabrero in the Bio-Bio region, and to the citizens of El Cabrero, where a community-based SPI is being used to promote multi stakeholder partnerships.
In Costa Rica, special thanks to the Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, for her support in the development of the platform Costa Rica Propone, and to the Presidential Council for Innovation and Human Talent. Many thanks to the Minister of Tourism Mauricio Ventura and the team at the Costa Rica Tourism Board lead by Rodolfo Lizano and Roxana Arguedas for the support and implementation of the SPI Tourism Destinations. Thanks to those supporters who are building on Social Progress Index data to empower communities including VIVA Idea, Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo, Impactico, Yo Emprendedor, Ministerio de Comercio Exterior, Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional, Central American Healthcare Initiative, Federación de Organizaciones Sociales Costa Rica, Ideas en Acción, TEDx Pura Vida Jovén, Reinventing Business for All, Grupo Inco, Borge & Asociados, Cenecoop, Deloitte, Fifco, Fundación Avina, INCAE Business School, Infocoop and Manatí. Special thanks to Xavier Velasco, Maria Nelly Rivas and Jorge Calderon from Cargill for supporting social progress and applying the index in the region.
In Colombia, thanks to Fundación Avina, Fundación Corona, Compartamos con Colombia, Deloitte, Red Colombiana de Ciudades Cómo Vamos, Escuela de Gobierno de la Universidad de los Andes, Llorente y Cuenca. Special thanks to Angela Escallón, Cecilia Barja, Maria Cristina Piñeros, Mónica Villegas and José Francisco Aguirre for leading our efforts to build the first application of the Social Progress Index to the city level, to Alvaro Bernal, Sofía Salas and Camila Ronderos for securing the executive coordination of our emerging network, to Oscar Jimenez for leading the application of the SPI methodology to the city level and to the directors of the Ciudades Cómo Vamos Network. We also want to thank Rocío Mendoza, Carlos Javier Velasquez, Ramiro Avendaño, Antonio Celia, Governor Ricardo Gómez Giraldo, Mayor Jose Octavio Cardona León, Felipe Cesar Londoño, John Jairo Granada Giraldo, Felipe Calderón Uribe and Darío Gómez Jaramillo.
In El Salvador, special thanks to Alejandro Poma, Manuel Sanchez Masferrer, Rodrigo Tobar and the organizations promoting the Social Progress Index: Fundación Poma, Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios, Centro de Progreso Social, Fundación Empresarial para la Acción Social, Fundación para la Educación Superior, Fundación La Niñez Primero and TECHO.
In Guatemala, special thanks to Emmanuel Seidner, Sebastián Soliz, Macarena Corlazzoli and the teams at the Instituto Progreso Social Guatemala and supporting organizations like: AGEXPORT, Alianza por la Nutrición, ALTERNA, ASIES, CABI, CEMPRO, CentraRSE, CIEN, CISU, Deloitte, Empresarios por la Educación, Farmacias Chapinas, Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto Centroamérica, Fundación Avina, Fundación Fe y Alegría, Fundación Novella, Fundación Puente, Fundación Shalom, FUNDESA, Grupos Gestores, IDC, IDIES-URL, INCAE Business School, Instituto Progreso Social Guatemala, La Valija y la Cobija, Ludi Verse, Obras Sociales del Hermano Pedro, Tikonb’al, VIVA Idea and WAKAMI.
In Nicaragua, thanks to Juan Sebastián Chamorro, General Director of FUNIDES, for supporting and coordinating the local Social Progress Network. Thanks to those supporters who are building on social progress through collaboration aad are part of the local network, including Cargill, UnirSE, INCAE Business School, Universidad Americana, Global Communities, Telefónica, Casa Pellas, Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A., Centro de Producción más Limpia, Thriive Nicaragua, TECHO, Fundación Avina, Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University, Universidad de las Ciencias Comerciales, Eduquemos, Red Nicaragüense de Recicladores, Latam Entreprenuership, Movimiento Club Jóvenes Ambientalistas and Plataforma Carazo Sostenible. Special thanks to Eric Ponçon, Regional Director of the Coffee Division for Central America of ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation, for innovating in the use of SPI in Nicaragua.
In Panama, special thanks to Marcela Alvarez Calderon for chairing our emerging network and to Maripaz Vindas for securing its executive coordination. Many thanks to the following supporting organizations: Alcaldía de Panamá, APEDE Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresa, Cámara de Comercio, Industria y Agricultura de Panamá, Centro Nacional de Competitividad, Consejo Empresarial de América Latina – CEAL, Contraloría General de la República, Deloitte Panamá, Despacho de la Primera Dama, Ministerio de la Presidencia, Dichter & Neira, Fundación Avina, Fundación Ciudad del Saber, INADEH Instituto Nacional de Formación Profesional y Capacitación para el Desarrollo Humano, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censo, Llorente y Cuenca, Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas, Ministerio de Salud, SUMARSE, United Way Panamá and Universidad Latina.
In Peru, special thanks to Juan Manuel Arribas for chairing our emerging network, to Alexandra Ames for securing its executive coordination and to Centrum Catolica Business School for hosting the network secretariat. Many thanks to the following supporting organizations: Ministerio de Cultura, Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social, Fundaciόn Avina, CIES, Deloitte, Perú 2021, Grupo Radio Programas del Peru, Soluciones Empresariales contra la Pobreza, Sociedad Nacional de Industrias, UNACEM, Universidad del Pacífico and Aporta. Special acknowledgements to Centrum Catolica Business School which made possible the publication of the first Social Progress Index for the Peruvian regions and to Alexandra Ames, Oscar Jimenez and Josefina Vizcarra, the team in charge of its elaboration. We also want to thank Fernando D’Alessio, Luis del Carpio and Frida Delgado.
In Uruguay, special thanks to Guillermo Valles.
We also want to acknowledge the following organizations which are supporting related activities and emerging networks: Government of Salta and Fundaciόn Avina (Argentina), Ciudadania (Bolivia), India Institute for Competitiveness (India) and Scope Consult (Malaysia).
In Europe, the active leadership of the European Commission, through the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, the Joint Research Centre, and the support of Orkestra (Basque Competitiveness Institute) and Deloitte, is leading towards the first Social Progress Index applied at the regional level. Their ongoing work has also benefitted the methodology and structure of the global Social Progress Index. We especially thank Paola Annoni and Lewis Dijkstra at DG Regio, Susana Franco at Orkestra, and members of the Scientific Committee, including Enrico Giovannini of Tor Vergata, Walter Radermacher of Eurostat, Martine Durand of OECD, and Filomena Maggino of the University of Firenze. We would also like to thank Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council, Nicola Caputo MEP, members of the SPI Interest Group of the European Parliament, European Policy Centre, European Political Strategy Centre, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, Committee of the Regions, United Nations Development Programme, European Regions Research and Innovation Network, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe, Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe and European Parliamentary Research Service.
In North America, numerous champions of our work are leading the growth of networks in the US and Canada. Special thanks also to Jens Molbak whose innovative work with Win/Win lays the groundwork to enable all sectors and individuals to play a role in improving social progress globally. Thanks to Emechete Onuoha of Xerox Canada. In Michigan, thanks to Harvey Hollins of the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, Mark Davidoff of Deloitte, Dan Pitera, and Alicia Douglas. Special thanks to Mayor Joseph Curtatone whose vision for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts is one of social progress, and his team at SomerStat including Skye Stewart, Emily Monea, and Alex Lessin. Many thanks also to James Head at the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, California, and his colleagues Sachi Yoshii and Peggy Saika. Thanks also to Mark Simon of the San Mateo County Transit District. Thanks also to Jason Denoncourt of the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts, and Julie Bishop of the Essex County Community Foundation.
Thank you also to Mark Esposito of Harvard Business School and the Microeconomics of Competitiveness network, and Patrick O’Sullivan of Grenoble École de Management.
At Deloitte Digital, thanks to Ed Greig and his team including Michael Martin, Alyson Young, Undine Rubeze, Russell Smith, Shannen Smyth, Garry Irwin, Victoria Sloan, Jack Munnelly, Vitaly Kondratiev, Albert Vallverdu, Richard Ankers, Lizzie Owens and Tiina Bjork; and to Kasia Zan and her team Volena Valcheva, Jason Karayiannis, and Rebecca Ferguson for designing, creating, and iteratively improving our new web platform at http://socialprogressimperative.org. Special thanks to Olivier Binse. Thanks to Benjamin Wiederkehr and his team at Interactive Things for designing the original data exploration tool.
Thanks to Merrie Leininger and team at H&K Strategies for expert counsel and assistance on our communications. Thanks to Oliver Kendall at Westminster Public Affairs for leading our efforts to put the Social Progress Index in front of journalists.
Thanks to Maggie Powell and Leigh Lawhon for graphics and layout work on the 2017 Social Progress Index report.
Thanks to Mungo Park, Aimee Parnell and team at blueprint.tv for creating videos to promote the Social Progress Index and for leading on social media strategy to increase our reach to online audiences.
Finally, our gratitude to the organizations on whose data we relied to create the 2017 Social Progress Index: Academic Ranking of World Universities, Barro-Lee Educational Attainment Dataset, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Freedom House, Fund for Peace Fragile States Index, Gallup World Poll, Heritage Foundation, Institute for Economics and Peace Global Peace Index, Institute for Global Health Metrics and Evaluation, International Telecommunications Union, OECD Gender Institutions and Development Database, Pew Research Center Government Restrictions Index, Pew Research Center Social Hostilities Index, QS World University Rankings, Reporters Without Borders, Sustainable Energy for All, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Transparency International, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Institute for Statistics, United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Population Division, University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute, WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, World Bank, World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, World Health Organization, World Resources Institute, Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network Environmental Performance Index. Our use of their data does not imply their endorsement. As an organization that believes that better information can build a better world, we recognize and appreciate those who created such important sources of data.