News and publications

6 Jun 2018

A groundbreaking historical study on social and economic trends will help inform where fund managers invest next The Social Progress Imperative, with seed funding from Richmond Global Compass, is launching a new research initiative to determine just how much influence social and environmental factors have on economic prosperity. Understanding the historical relationship between quality of […]


31 May 2018

Our partners in India have just released the second in a series of social progress indexes. The 2018 Social Progress Index: Districts of India follows last year’s state-level index, and it provides even deeper insight on what it is like to live in India and how quality of life varies across more than 500 districts. […]


24 May 2018

We are just wrapping up a municipal-level study of one of Mexico’s most industrialized states in collaboration with the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla and other partners. It is our first in Mexico, and an exciting addition to our broad list of index applications across Latin America. Coming out strong on the […]

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9 May 2018

Our ever-expanding social progress network has hit another major milestone with the release of the first, global Youth Progress Index. It is one of the most innovative tools for measuring the quality of life of young people because it reflects the things most important to their safety, health and freedom, and like all our indexes, it remains […]


30 Apr 2018

Our CEO Michael Green recently talked to a group in London about Nobel Prize winner Simon Kuznets, born today 117 years ago. He made a significant contribution to our understanding of economic development and built the foundation for GDP metrics. He also gave an early indication that economic progress would not be possible without social progress.   “Simon Kuznets’ […]

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18 Apr 2018

Our partners–Fundación Avina, Deloitte and CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School–have spent the last few months assessing social progress in Peru’s regions, and today they released Índice de Progreso Social Regional del Perú 2017.  This is the second time they have produced a Social Progress Index for the country’s 25 regions and the province of Lima. They have good […]


13 Apr 2018

Today, Iceland’s 2nd largest town Kópavogur became the first to develop a Social Progress Portrait–a new type of assessment for smaller communities to examine what life is truly like & where to improve. Congrats to the town’s leaders & Cognitio Iceland for taking the first step toward helping the resident’s thrive and in the process […]

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10 Apr 2018

We are excited to announce the release of a new Social Progress Index, the first measurement of quality of life that focuses exclusively on social and environmental factors across all 50 American states. But we’re not going to stop there—the Skoll Foundation has issued us a challenge grant to catalyze social progress at the city […]

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10 Apr 2018

None of the five largest state economies (California, New York, Illinois, Florida and Texas) are in the top ten states on social progress. And three of these five don’t even crack the top 30. [Washington, DC] April 11, 2018 – The 2018 Social Progress Index: US States released today shows the growing economy is not […]

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26 Jan 2018

Birthed after the World Economic Forum (WEF) and put into practice in 2013, The Social Progress Imperative has a storied history with the action, thought leaders and ideas being ruminated by the luminaries present at the WEF annual and regional meetings. Initially, a concept of a better measure of societal progress than GDP, the Social […]

13 Dec 2017

In 2017 the Social Progress Imperative celebrated its fifth birthday and we enjoyed an amazing acceleration in our reach and impact. This is down to the hard work of our small, dedicated team and the wonderful network of friends and partners who are working with us to redefine what it means to be a successful […]

8 Dec 2017

Unexpected partners can bring about extraordinary change.  Last week, the Social Progress Imperative was proud to be an integral participant of the ‘Symposium Laudato Si’ event held by the Ratzinger Foundation in Costa Rica. His Holiness, Pope Francis, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were among the esteemed hosts of the event, which was meant to […]