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Measuring progress, true wealth, and the well-being of nations

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What is the 'Beyond GDP' initiative

The Beyond GDP initiative is about developing indicators that are as clear and appealing as GDP, but more inclusive of environmental and social aspects of progress.

This website aims to promote sharing of information on recent developments and ongoing work.



Reykjavik, the first city in Europe to adopt the Social Progress index

On April 28th, at the end of the international conference “Social Progress – What works?”, the City of Reykjavík and the Social Progress Imperative signed a memorandum of understanding to apply the Social Progress Index (SPI) to monitor the well-being of the capital’s residents. The SPI assesses social and environmental outcomes through 54 indicators complementing traditional economic measures such as GDP. The SPI has already been applied at national level in 161 countries, including Iceland, at regional (NUTS2) level for the European Union, and at subnational and local level in parts of Latin America. The Reykjavík initiative is the first one promoted at the urban level in Europe. Local authorities, businesses, civil society and academia will be involved in tailoring this new index.

Tweede Kamer

Report from the Temporary Committee on a Broad Definition of Welfare, the Netherlands

In October 2015, the Dutch House of Representatives established a temporary parliamentary committee to work on a “Broad Definition of Welfare”. The final report adopted by the committee in April 2016 stresses the negligible impact information on welfare has on public and political debate in comparison to GDP. This can be explained by the number and variety of existing initiatives and indicators, their lack of international harmonisation, the shortage of up-to-date information, and the way in which the information is presented. Instead of developing its own national indicators set, the committee suggests that the Netherlands should rather contribute to the harmonisation of the existing international initiatives. Moreover, to stimulate debate on welfare and political choices affecting it, Statistics Netherlands should annually publish a "Monitor on Welfare" to be debated once a year on a dedicated occasion.


All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth was formed in United Kingdom in February 2016 to provide a new platform for cross-party dialogue on economic prosperity in a time of environmental and social transition. Its aims include contributing to the international debate on redefining prosperity and measures of growth. As with all informal cross-party groups, the APPG is run by members of both chambers of the UK Parliament. This group is made up of 7 members of the Chamber of Commons and 6 from the House of Lords. It is chaired by Caroline Lucas from the Green Party and co-chaired by representatives from the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives. The group firstly met on 19th April 2016 and launched “Limits Revisited”.

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Going Beyond GDP


Current edition: March 2016