Australia ranked world’s 10th most socially advanced country
Australia is the world’s 10th most socially advanced nation according to a major new global index published by US-based nonprofit, the Social Progress Imperative, and released at the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Australia finished behind top performing New Zealand and other countries including Canada and Norway, but finished ahead of Germany, the United States and France – according to the Social Progress Index 2014 which ranks 132 countries based on their social and environmental performance.
The Social Progress Index, created by a team led by Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School, is designed as a complement to GDP and other economic indicators to provide a more holistic understanding of countries’ overall performance. The full, interactive dataset from the Index is be available at http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/data/spi
Measuring a country’s social progress outcomes the Index also identifies the areas in which Australia is under-performing compared to countries with a comparable GDP per capita.
Australia under-performs on the measure of ‘Shelter’ (18th globally), thanks partly to the quality of its electricity supply, but scores well on ‘Personal Rights’ (2nd globally) and well on the measure of ‘Health and Wellness’ (5th), behind Japan (1st) and Italy (2nd), but ahead of the UK (37th), the United States (70th) and Canada (13th). This is thanks partly to a high life expectancy–on average Australians will live to almost 82 years old (the 6th highest country for life expectancy globally).
Professor Michael E. Porter said: “Until now, the assumption has been that there is a direct relationship between economic growth and wellbeing. However, the Social Progress Index finds that all economic growth is not equal. While higher GDP per capita is correlated with social progress, the connection is far from automatic. For similar levels of GDP, we find that some countries achieve much higher levels of social progress than others.”