Social Progress Imperative : Social Progress Index 2015
Economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty and improved the lives of many more over the last half century. Yet it is increasingly evident that a model of development based on economic progress alone is incomplete. Economic growth alone is not enough. A society that fails to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunity for many of its citizens is not succeeding. We must widen our understanding of the success of societies beyond economic outcomes. Inclusive growth requires achieving both economic and social progress.
The Social Progress Index aims to meet this pressing need by creating a robust and holistic measurement framework for national social and environmental performance that can be used by leaders in government, business, and civil society to benchmark success and accelerate progress. The Social Progress Index is the first comprehensive framework for measuring social progress that is independent of GDP, and complementary to it. Our vision is a world in which social progress sits alongside GDP as a core benchmark for national performance. The Index provides the systematic, empirical foundation to guide strategy for inclusive growth.
Measuring social progress guides us in translating economic gains into advancing social and environmental performance in ways that will unleash even greater economic success. The Social Progress Index offers a concrete way to understand and then prioritize an actionable agenda advancing both social and economic performance.