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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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11 Jul 2017

  Two weeks ago, we launched the 2017 Social Progress Index. The Social Progress Index is the first holistic measure of a country’s social performance that is independent of economic factors, and this year’s release is our best yet. If you agree, make a gift to the Social Progress Imperative to support our continuing efforts to advance social progress […]

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7 Jul 2017

Image: Cover of National Accord In recent weeks, the vice chair of our board of directors, Roberto Artavia Loría, helped facilitate a national accord on the country’s development priorities in partnership with government and industries, ensuring social progress remains equal to economic prosperity. Nine parties with parliamentary representation adopted the agreement with the vision that […]

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20 Jun 2017

Image: Michael Green, CEO Social Progress Imperative | Photo Credit: Anton Brink   The world is making progress but we are struggling to ensure the rights of freedom and tolerance for all. At times it seems that the world is going backwards in terms of social progress and that our efforts are not making a dent […]

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20 Jun 2017

   Today, Social Progress Imperative released the 2017 Social Progress Index results. You can see all of the findings, including where your country stands, at www.socialprogressindex.com The Index is the first holistic measure of a country’s social performance that is independent of economic factors. In a snapshot, it tells us that between 2014—2017: Social progress […]

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19 Jun 2017

On June 21, Social Progress Imperative will release the 2017 Social Progress Index results. The Index is the first holistic measure of a country’s social performance that is independent of economic factors, and the 2017 Index is our best yet because it: ●   Ranks 128 countries on their progress toward satisfying Basic Human Needs, providing Foundations […]