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Social Progress Imperative

Deloitte's strategic partnership with SPI

Deloitte is committed to making an impact that matters in society. Yet complex societal challenges demand collaboration. No one sector can do it alone. Deloitte Global and its member firms are working with Social Progress Imperative, a non-profit committed to change the way we measure what matters most.

Who are the Social Progress Imperative?

SPI are an NGO focused on measuring and advancing social progress, led by Michael Green. They are committed to improving 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.

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?

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.
  • Enables leaders to systematically identify and prioritize issues through the Social Progress Index as well as through regional, local and community level social progress indices. 
  • Acts as a road map to guide leaders’ resourcing, collaboration and investment decisions.

What is The People’s Report Card?

The People’s Report Card charts progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals, at a global and national level. It is the result of a collaboration between Global Citizen, a social action platform, and Social Progress Imperative. Launched at the Social Good Summit during UN General Assembly week in September 2016, and powered by the Social Progress Index, the People’s Report Card aims to generate and align campaigning and advocacy toward the leaders responsible for delivering on the SDGs. The methodology, indicators, press release and FAQs are available for further reading.

Deloitte regards business as essential to meeting the SDGS. While the cost of delivering the SDGs is estimated to be $2-3 trillion a year of public and private money over 15 years the cost of not meeting just one of the goal – Goal 13: Climate Action – could cost as much as $24 trillion globally. Projects like The People’s Report Card show business how much positive impact can be made on these goals and where they can best contribute. Helping them communicate this impact will thus be critical, both for the health of society and the survival of many companies.

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