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Updates from our global effort

21 Nov 2016

These are the 10 most socially progressive countries in the world as noted by the World Economic Forum.  

21 Nov 2016

Excerpt: “So if just GDP isn’t enough to tell us how well a nation is performing, what is? This is where the Social Progress Index comes in. It aims to help us move beyond growth economics by looking at social and environmental performance and progress. This is the latest ranking.” – Joe Myers For the […]

21 Nov 2016

Excerpt: “The Social Progress Index (SPI) is an excellent example of the trend toward bringing more rigour to social metrics. Over the last few years, the creators of SPI, and many others, have contributed to the significant growth in the body of knowledge on social performance measurement which has helped shed light on how different […]

21 Nov 2016

Excerpt: “Based on the reported uptick of hate crimes and the rhetoric of intolerance, there are very real threats to the United States’ social progress, and any CEO—republican, democrat, or independent—should be ready to act.” – Susan McPherson For complete article, please go here.  

18 Nov 2016

Excerpt from Michael Green (CEO of Social Progress Imperative): “The Social Progress Imperative is excited to be part of this new approach to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals across Latin America.  We look forward to scaling disruptive solutions across traditional sectors to overcome challenges like water scarcity and climate change while improving the lives of everyday people.” […]


14 Nov 2016

  Harvard Business School’s Christian Ketels cites the Social Progress Index in the new State of the Region Report from the Baltic Development Forum. For the full report, please go here.

14 Nov 2016

Presentation of the Platform for Innovation with Purpose   Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 Time: 4:30 to 6:30PM Location: Offices of Inter-American Dialogue, 1115 15th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. More information: or go here.  

11 Nov 2016

Presentation: Platform for Innovation with Purpose Five organizations recognized for their work in innovation and sustainable development present the Platform for Innovation with Purpose, a strategic alliance for social transformation in Latin America. The Latin American Development Bank (CAF), Fundación Alfredo Zolezzi, Fundación Avina, Social Progress Imperative (SPI), and World-Transforming Technologies (WTT) will present the […]

2 Nov 2016

Investment firm Breckinridge Capital Advisors in the United States has announced plans to redesign the framework they use to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis into their municipal credit research of cities and counties.  They have recognized the Social Progress Index as a potentially useful tool for investors to assess where to allocate capital in the […]

1 Nov 2016

Excerpt: “Is Europe coming together or falling apart? A new pan-EU analysis of social progress suggests that, despite continued differences in wealth, the real quality of life of citizens across the EU appears to be converging.”   Read more on The Huffington Post website. Explore the data for all the EU regions on the EU […]

27 Oct 2016

Excerpt: “It is noted that if the world is divided by three age groups, we see that the youth group will be accompanied by greater social prosperity gap. Young people, more than the older generation had low social development. The problem of young people is higher than in countries with weak social development. In these […]

24 Oct 2016

It’s been an amazing three months for the Social Progress Imperative. We launched the People’s Report Cards on the Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Regional Social Progress Index, and welcomed our newest national Social Progress Networks in Nicaragua and Malaysia. We look forward to accomplishing even more over the remainder of 2016. Thanks again […]