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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 […]


7 Nov 2017

Image: Michael Green discusses the Social Progress Index in Uruguay | El País El País, a prominent newspaper in Uruguay, recently published an interview with Michael Green, CEO of Social Progress Imperative. Luis Custodio and Green discuss the limitations of GDP as a measurement tool and how Uruguay has been more effective in turning GDP into […]


25 Oct 2017

About the Social Progress Index: States of India We are proud to announce the launch of the Social Progress Index: States of India. Developed by the Institute for Competitiveness, India with insights from the National Institution for Transforming India – NITI Aayog – the index represents the first comprehensive measurement of quality of life for […]


9 Oct 2017

The seventh European Union Cohesion Report  was released today, showcasing how economic, social and territorial cohesion has evolved in EU regions from 2014 – present. This comprehensive report assesses the impact of national policies, cohesion policy and other EU policies on the entire region. We are proud and honored to have the European Commission feature […]


26 Sep 2017

Last week, the 72nd UN General Assembly, known this year as Global Goals Week,  commenced in New York City. World leaders, heads of business and social innovators have gathered to share ideas and explore innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. Discussions on building partnerships and sharing best practices to strengthen the world’s capability […]


19 Sep 2017

The Social Progress Imperative has released a paper detailing how the Social Progress Index can help measure 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read the paper below. The Global Agenda Requires Rigorous Measurement: The Contribution of the Social Progress Index to the 2030 Agenda


15 Sep 2017

The Sustainable Development Goals represent an unprecedented commitment to eliminating poverty and ensuring sustainable, inclusive global development. Never before have world leaders had the wealth and technology at their disposal to improve the lives of so many, so quickly. But if the goals are not measured thoroughly, there is little chance they will be implemented […]


28 Jul 2017

Image: World leaders dine at the G-20 summit in Germany this month. | Thomson Reuters In an op-ed in Business Insider, David Cruickshank, the Global Chairman of Deloitte, asserted the need to redefine globalization. He said intense focus on the economic development aspect of globalization has created an incomplete picture of growth. In order to build […]


18 Jul 2017

Image: Alejandro Poma, Executive Director of the Poma Foundation | Photo Credit: Diego García   A new online tool, the Map of Social Initiatives, was launched in El Salvador. The Poma Foundation introduced the map during CSR and Sustainability week as part of its partnership with Fundemas. The Map of Social Initiatives is in the pilot […]


12 Jul 2017

It’s too simple to say the world has an “average” citizen — someone who embodies the common lived experience across borders, cultures, and lifestyles. Thankfully, our world is wildly diverse, and every individual is beautifully and equally unique. Statistically, though, we can average each country’s scores on the 2017 Social Progress Index and imagine what the […]