Thanks for a Great What Works Summit!

We are extremely thankful for all of our summit participants, speakers and sponsors. What Works 2019 was a truly engaging and inspirational conference! A few highlights include: Deloitte’s Wade Warren, IQbusiness’ Sally Jansen, UNDP’s Simon Zadek discuss how businesses can contribute to social progress, and why they must. Özlem Cekic, Association of Bridge Builders and … Continue reading Thanks for a Great What Works Summit!

What Works 2019 kicks-off today!

The Social Progress Imperative is thrilled to be back in Iceland for a third year to host the What Works summit, the premier global event focused on advancing social progress, with our Icelandic partner Cognitio and in partnership with The World Bank. Policymakers and social innovators from more than 30 countries are meeting this week … Continue reading What Works 2019 kicks-off today!

Announcing the Social Progress Index: California Counties

We are excited to announce for release the Social Progress Index: California Counties, the first-of-its-kind, county-by-county assessment of social progress within a US state. Why California? In April 2018, we published the Social Progress Index for the US 50 states. California ranked only 33rd – a remarkably poor result for the nation’s largest (and world’s … Continue reading Announcing the Social Progress Index: California Counties

The current state of California: robust GDP, but falls short on basic human needs and quality of life

Despite strong economic numbers, many Californians face stagnant or even declining living standards. California accounts for 14.1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. As the largest state economy, and sixth largest in the world, our data from the US State Index shows that California has significantly underperformed across many components and indicators of social … Continue reading The current state of California: robust GDP, but falls short on basic human needs and quality of life

Iceland’s trailblazing journey to close the gender pay gap

According to the 2018 global Index, Iceland received an overall Social Progress Index score of 90.24 points, ranking second in the world. In specific dimensions, Iceland scored 97.51 points in Basic Human Needs, 91.81 points in Foundations of Wellbeing and 81.39 points in Opportunity. The country achieved 81.19 points in the Inclusiveness component and 87.53 … Continue reading Iceland’s trailblazing journey to close the gender pay gap

Board of Directors Meeting

On February 11th, our Board of Directors met in London. We welcomed two new board members: Jose Viñals and Silvana Koch-Mehrin. They are joined by David Cruickshank, Michael Green, Brizio Biondi-Morra, Sally Osberg, Matthew Bishop, Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui and Roberto Artavia Loría. As the group chairmen of Standard Chartered PLC, Jose Viñals’ expertise on political … Continue reading Board of Directors Meeting

Quality of life in Brazil: Personal Safety and Inclusiveness worsening, improvements seen in Nutrition and Basic Medical Care

In the 2018 global Index, Brazil holds the title of the largest decline in Personal Safety and Inclusiveness. Between 1930 and 1980, Brazil was one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Five years ago, Brazil announced its arrival on the world stage after rising to heights off the global commodity boom and hosting … Continue reading Quality of life in Brazil: Personal Safety and Inclusiveness worsening, improvements seen in Nutrition and Basic Medical Care