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News Release: Richmond Global Compass joins the Social Progress Imperative in predicting the future health of nations

6 Jun 2018

News Release: Strong state economies offer disappointing quality of life, according to the Social Progress Index: US States

11 Apr 2018

News Release: 2017 Social Progress Index – Rights, Safety, Tolerance Eroding Worldwide

21 Jun 2017

News Release: Brexit Risks Masking the EU’s Real Challenge: Delivering Regional Cohesion—New EU Regional Social Progress Index

11 Oct 2016

News Release: World Scores C+ & has “A Long Way to Go” to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals – People’s Report Cards

19 Sep 2016


29 Jun 2016

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“Most notably, the index reveals, the United States is trailing other developed countries in “Tolerance and Inclusion,” a category that includes religious tolerance, discrimination and violence against minorities, and the existence of communal safety nets.”

22 Jun 2017

The Washington Post | How the United States became a ‘second-tier’ country

“While social progress is not measured with the same rigour that economic progress is, Porter indicated that some work has begun to create a global benchmark on how societies are improving.”

24 May 2017

Business World | The Essence Of Strategy Is Making Choices: Michael E Porter

 Independently, Michael Porter’s Social Progress Index in 2016 specifically highlighted opportunity in Manizales as significantly higher than both Medellin and Bogota. And the impact on Manizales’ culture has not gone unnoticed: “Manizales-Más has opened our city to the world,” was how one young university student put it to me.”

9 Feb 2017

Harvard Business Review | Midsize Cities Are Entrepreneurship’s Real Test

Michael Green discusses the findings of the EU Regional Social Progress Index on Scotland’s flagship breakfast programme.

11 Oct 2016

BBC Radio Scotland

“What about the idea that GDP itself is flawed? Well, yes. It is flawed. It measures things that do not matter and misses things that do.”

20 Jul 2016

Financial Times

“Canada’s worst ranking came from poor mobile telephone subscription numbers. Only 81 per cent of Canadians own a mobile telephone, the data showed, pushing the country to 102nd, behind Iraq, Republic of Congo and Venezuela. This tepid performance in mobile phone ownership was also flagged last year as an area of concern.

In spite of Canada’s weaknesses, they’re minimal compared to the United States. One of the world’s wealthiest nations, it tumbled to 19th in the rankings. When matched up head to head, the researchers found Canada beats the United States on 10 of the 12 components.”

1 Jul 2016

The Globe and Mail

“Citizens Have a New Tool to Hold Governments Accountable for the Global Goals”

3 Jun 2016


“There’s a recognition of the need for something in addition to, not instead of, GDP to give us a more holistic measure of inclusive growth. Thus the Social Progress Index (the Index) was born,” says Almond.

28 Apr 2015


“In the aftermath of the most challenging recession of the last half century, the policy debate in the United States is understandably preoccupied with economic concerns. Polarization has grown around issues of income inequality and the uneven gains during the current recovery. But this inequality is a symptom of deeper causes. Progress in America has never been exclusively about economic prosperity. Historically, we have been a nation that is a leader in social progress, such as moving to universal public education, widening the ability of citizens to go to college, expanding access to health care, and putting in place the policies that have opened up opportunity for all citizens regardless of their background. In these and other areas, America has often led the world.”

10 Apr 2015

The Boston Globe

“The pitfalls of focusing on GDP alone are evident in the findings of the 2015 Social Progress Index, launched on April 9. The SPI, created in collaboration with Scott Stern of MIT and the nonprofit Social Progress Imperative, measures the performance of 133 countries on various dimensions of social and environmental performance. It is the most comprehensive framework developed for measuring social progress, and the first to measure social progress independently of GDP.”

9 Apr 2015

Project Syndicate