The Social Progress Index is the most comprehensive international benchmarking tool for social and environmental performance of countries. It covers a broad set of measures of social progress, all of which are outcomes or results-based. Indicators are drawn from well respected organizations and have been consistently calculated.

While the U.S. has traditionally been a leader, and often a pioneer, in many of these areas, current U.S. performance is weak versus other advanced countries.

Figure 1 compares U.S. social performance with the other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, the set of advanced economies on a global basis.

The U.S. ranks near the bottom in many areas. Our performance has also declined substantially in a number of areas in recent years, especially in tolerance, inclusion, rights and freedom.