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Social Progress Imperative

Deloitte's Strategic Partnership with SPI

Deloitte is committed to making an impact that matters in society. Addressing complex societal challenges requires collaboration and no sector can do it alone. Deloitte Global and its member firms work closely with Social Progress Imperative, a non-profit organization committed to changing the way we measure what matters most to global and local communities around the world.

Who is the Social Progress Imperative?

The main mission of the Social Progress Imperative (SPI) led by CEO Michael Green, is to measure and advance social progress and to improve lives through the provision of robust, holistic and innovative measurement tools that equip leaders and change makers in business, government and civil society to advance progress. Original collaborators, who now sit on the Advisory Board and Board of Directors respectively, include Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter and Economist US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief Matthew Bishop.

What is the Social Progress Index?

Relying only on a country’s GDP as the measure of advancement provides an incomplete picture of human, societal and environmental progress. Designed to complement GDP, the Social Progress Index provides an authoritative view on the things that matter most to people, across three key dimensions and twelve components:

The Social Progress Index uses 51 societal and environmental indicators to measure 149 countries, covering 98% of the world’s population.

Custom, subnational indices also provide tailored, local measurement allowing highly targeted investment and intervention, examples include:

  • Colombian Cities Index – measuring ten cities with a detailed district-level social progress map of Bogota

Social Progress Imperative

Social Progress Imperative (SPI) is changing the way we work to solve the world's most pressing challenges, redefining how the world measures success and helping actors from across sectors come together, speak a common language, and drive measurable change. 

SPI revolutionizes social problem solving by: 

  • Enabling leaders to systematically identify and prioritise issues through the Social Progress Index as well as through regional, local and community level social progress indices . 
  • Empowering leaders to convene all the right local actors, global partners, and subject-matter experts necessary to develop and deploy meaningful solutions, through collaborations.

We are not alone in this. Other businesses around the world recognise that doing business better not only produces better returns, but attracts better talent, helps restore the public trust in business and adds real value to society. 

SPI can help business by: 

“Deloitte is collaborating with the Social Progress Imperative and others because we believe business has a role to play in helping solve the world’s critical issues and the Index is a tool that can ignite collective action from business, government, and society.”

David Cruickshank
Global Chairman, Deloitte Global

How does the Social Progress Index make an impact?

From INDEX to ACTION to IMPACT is the Social Progress Imperative’s rallying call. The Social Progress Imperative is not simply about numbers and measurement; it is about what those data tell us and how we act differently as a result.

The Social Progress Index:

  • Empowers leaders to convene all the right local actors, global partners, and subject-matter experts necessary to develop and deploy meaningful solutions, through collaborations.
  • Develops a common language which government, business and civil society can use to communicate with each other more clearly on the issues that matter.
  • Acts as a roadmap to guide leaders’ resourcing, collaboration and investment decisions by enabling leaders to systematically identify and prioritize issues through the Social Progress Index.
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