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The Social Progress Index
A holistic measure of progress
For 80 years GDP has been the gold standard for measuring a country's economic progress, but limiting a country's measure of growth and competitiveness to just economic indicators creates an incomplete picture.
Unlocking Real Growth: Social Progress and the G20
On the 15th and 16th of November, Australia played host to the annual G20 Summit. The G20 provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and shape the world's effort to restore growth. Yet, growth without social progress is an empty goal. Governments need to think beyond the usual macroeconomic levers to support social progress. Australia and other G20 countries can enhance economic growth through addressing these social problems which are burdensome to economic progress.
Deloitte Australia has used the Social Progress Index to identify where Australia compares less favorably with its peer countries and therefore present opportunities for governments, business, and the not-for-profit sector to work.
To learn more visit the Deloitte Australia page or download the report.
Social Progress Index in the Media
The 2014 Social Progress Index was launched in The New York Times by Puliter-prize winning journalist, Nicholas Kristof. Entitled 'We're Not No. 1, We're Not No. 1!', the article reflected that the U.S. is not as successful as popularly believed, given its Index rank of 16th. The article was the most read, tweeted, shared by email, and shared by Facebook on the 3 April 2014. It received over 650 individual comments.
Over the Index launch period, 3-4 April 2014, the Index was covered in over 450 individual publications internationally, including the Economist, the Guardian, the BBC, Reuters, CNN, and the Boston Globe.
Deloitte, as a strategic partner, has received coverage as a result, either through opinion pieces, thought leadership, or quotes. Please see below for links to examples:
- Fast Company's 'The 10 Countries With The Highest "National Well-Being" (See the U.S. Anywhere?)', which quotes Deloitte Global Chairman, Steve Almond
- On a CNN blog in a post by Deloitte Global CEO, Barry Salzberg; 'Can business and government meet Millennials' expectations?'
- Irish Times article by Deloitte Ireland Managing Partner, Brenden Jennings; 'Widening the debate about what social progress would look like'
- Watch the El Youm Fi Sa'a Show, which interviews Rashid Bashir, strategy consulting Partner at Deloitte Middle East on CNBC Arabia (Arabic)
- An interview with Deloitte Global Chairman Steve Almond, 'A force for good,' in The Business Times
The Social Progress Index
In 2013 Social Progress Imperative teamed with leading experts across sectors to develop the Social Progress Index. This Index utilizes indicators above and beyond the economic factors measured by GDP, providing an authoritative view of a country's social and environmental strengths and weaknesses. Designed to complement GDP, the Social Progress Index will help illustrate the whole picture for more than 90% of the world's population across 132 countries.
The Social Progress Index examines 54 key social and environmental indicators captured across three dimensions of social progress:
By highlighting the most pressing issues that prevent progress, the Social Progress Index acts as a focal point for convening and platform building – bringing together the right players from different sectors to identify innovative solutions.
Insights from this analysis – and the actions they ignite – have the power to shift thinking for the better. Countries will be able to drive sustainable, and faster, growth through increased collaborations, more effective policies, and focused funding.
For business, identifying the areas that are hindering a particular country’s progress relative to their peers can serve as a country specific guide helping them determine where to leverage their skills and expertise to greatest effect.
Learn more about the Social Progress Index and download the 2014 report.
“It is our hope that just as GDP is the de facto measure of economic growth, so too the Social Progress Index will gain recognition as the de facto measure of social progress".
Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative