The 2017 Social Progress Index is Live!


Today, Social Progress Imperative released the 2017 Social Progress Index results. You can see all of the findings, including where your country stands, at

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 has advanced worldwide, but not fast or far enough
    • Rapid improvements in Access to Information and Communications, and Access to Advanced Educations have driven global social progress
    • Personal Rights, Personal Safety, and Tolerance and Inclusion have eroded worldwide
    • The world’s most powerful countries have failed to make significant progress, putting the Sustainable Development Goals at stake
    • GDP is far from being the sole determinant of social progress

In 2017, Denmark tops the global rankings among strong performing countries in every region of the world.

Starting today, we encourage you to explore and download the data as well as to:

  • Use the results to convene government officials, business, nonprofits, citizens, and others to define long-term social progress goals and immediate needs
  • Use the results in your organization’s decision making, such as designing programs and policies as well as directing investments

Thank you for your continued support to sustain and grow the social progress movement as well as strengthen the Index. As you find value in its insights, please make a gift to help us continue building a vibrant network, advocate for better data, and provide new evidence for the decision makers, who are advancing social progress.

Michael Green
CEO, Social Progress Imperative

PS – Don’t forget to tag @socprogress & #socialprogress in your announcements and reactions online! Sample post: 2017 Social Progress Index is live thanks to @Deloitte, @FordFoundation & @SkollFoundation plus authors @MichaelEPorter & @SStern_MIT