South Africa ranks 77th on key social and environmental health measures
South Africa has ranked 77th out of 146 countries on the 2018 Social Progress Index (SPI), a celebrated multi-indicator index that assesses the social and environmental performance of different countries.
South Africa performed highest in Basic Human Needs categories such as Water and Sanitation (84.43 out of 100) and Nutrition and Basic Medical Care (77.57). Other strengths include Access to Basic Knowledge (83.35) and Personal Rights (79.35). South Africa’s lowest score was for Personal Safety (38.28), followed by Access to Advanced Education (40.00).
South Africa’s overall SPI score was 66 out of 100. The Rainbow Nation is only one of five Sub-Saharan countries to be placed in Social Progress Tier 4, along with Botswana, Kenya, Ghana and Senegal. First-placed country Norway scored 90.26 and tops Tier 1.
Developed by American non-profit organisation Social Progress Imperative, the SPI deepens an analysis of national performance beyond a traditional economics-centred approach to look at the social and environmental health of societies.
The global SPI directly and comprehensively measures what life is really like for 98% of the world’s population. It also enables social progress to be meaningfully benchmarked against peers in other similar localities, cities, regions and countries.
A provincial SPI coming to South Africa
A key objective of the SPI is to provide decision-makers and citizens with accurate, ground-level data that will allow them to prioritise actions that accelerate social progress. This aligns Social Progress Imperative with IQbusiness, the largest independent management consulting firm in South Africa, a 2018 Conscious Companies Award-winner and a well-known proponent of purpose-driven business.
Following meetings in late 2018, IQbusiness and Social Progress Imperative have partnered to develop a provincial-level SPI specifically for South Africa. Outcomes of this comparative index will spotlight people’s quality of life and socio-economic inequalities. Armed with these insights, provincial and national leaders will be able to craft evidence-based policies, allocate resources and drive actions in ways that really matter.
Adam Craker, CEO of IQbusiness, explains, “Increasingly, organisations of all types are striving to have a measurable positive impact. A provincial-level Social Performance Index in South Africa will highlight social, environmental and other areas that need work. However, just as invaluably, it will drive effective action in response to those issues, adding significant might to purpose-driven leadership.”
B Corp-certified IQbusiness has a publicly-stated commitment to drive conversations that will result in greater shared prosperity for all. The business consultancy also believes in using collaboration and innovation to tackle socio-economic problems and create a more inclusive society with opportunities for all.
IQbusiness is the leading independent management consulting firm in Africa. Since 1998, we have helped our clients solve their problems by providing innovative, fast and cost-effective solutions. While we are a for-profit company, we are a mindful and purposeful one too. As a certified B Corporation and Conscious Companies Award winner, we are committed to using our business as a force for good to help grow people, organisations, and Africa. For more information, visit www.iqbusiness.net.