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Using the Social Progress Index

Working together to drive progress

Business has an important role to play in driving true growth, but it cannot, and should not, do it alone. The Social Progress Index acts as a road map to guide policy makers and business leaders’ investment, collaboration and resourcing decisions.

Opportunities overview

The annual global Social Progress Index, as well as regional, municipal, and community sub-national social progress indices, provide a number of routes for organizations to engage with social progress. A Social Progress Index can identify the areas of social progress that need the most focus by a client, across any sector. Actions may range from investment and social impact projects, to analyzing which elements of risk to mitigate or investigate further. They can:

  • Create frameworks to help organizations measure their societal impact in order to identify social investment priorities e.g. SPI’s work with Coca Cola and Natura in the Amazon
  • Guide decisions regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals, examining priority areas for investment and measurement of contributions. For more information see Deloitte’s report on the SDGs, ‘Social Progress in 2030’.
  • Support strategic choices such as market entry and the mitigation of supply chain risk. For more information see our ‘FDI and Inclusive Growth’ report, which explores where and how social progress can be used as a determining factor in these scenarios.
  • Provide an independent benchmark within societies around which to create and engage ecosystems such as local Social Progress Networks.
  • Help governments use social progress as a tool to attract Foreign Direct Investment and drive development. For more information see our ‘FDI and Inclusive Growth’ report, which looks at the relationship between social progress and Foreign Direct Investment.

Local Social Progress

Using the Social Progress Methodology, organisations are able to customise and create indices able measure the things that truly matter to their community, city or region. 

Using the framework, groups of actors from business, government and civil society are able to identify the best available, and best suited, indicators to measure wellbeing in their region, city or community. 

Sub national indices with support from Deloitte in Brazil, Colombia and the U.S. and an E.U. Regional Index, demonstrate the relevance and  the flexibility of SPI’s framework. SPI has even been working with businesses (Coca-Cola and Natura in Brazil) to use the framework for impact measurement. 



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Local Social Progress Networks

The complexity of the big societal challenges demands collaboration. Private, public, and civil sectors must work together to drive social progress.

The Social Progress Index can act as a catalyst. At the national and local level, the Index’s results are bringing together business, government, and civil society to find innovative solutions to societal challenges.

Deloitte is taking a key role, bringing together clients and stakeholders to influence the global debate on how we measure what matter most, holding client events that range from c-suite round-tables to workshops on SPI’s methodology.

Deloitte Member firms are part of national Social Progress Networks in a number of countries. These organizations bring together non-profits, government bodies, multinational corporations, and academic institutions to address social progress at the national, regional or local level.

Using the Social Progress framework, parties from business, government and civil society are able to identify the best available, and best suited, indicators, to measure local wellbeing, focusing on the things that truly matter to their community, city or region.

Having built a localised social progress index, the Social Progress Network can concentrate on using their ecosystem to target further research, promote awareness, engage additional collaborators, raise investment or deliver projects in the key areas of weakness highlighted by the Index.  

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