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Better Life Index development timeline

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Lorena Sanchez

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Transcript of Better Life Index development timeline

The Future

5th OECD World Forum
Guadalajara, Jalisco MEXICO
October, 2015
Development timeline
Traffic growth over time
Traffic from BLI 3.0 exceeds initial launch by 34%
20 May 2011 to 25 Nov 2013
Extending country coverage
Developing new indicators
New languages
Measuring inequality
Measuring sustainability
Three year partnership, aimed at:
Developing and promoting the Better Life Index to reach more citizens and to build on the global project for measuring well-being;

Strengthening the Sodexo
Institute for the Quality of Life
through active participation in quality of life debates and exchange of expertise;

Supporting Sodexo in developing
its own indicators and composite index
Partnership with
Promotion of well-being work through Quality of Life Observer
OECD Week 2013
Sodexo mission:
90% of the respondents believe that the BLI information should inform policy makers for guiding the design of future policies
Shift from emphasis on measurement to actionable well-being:
Mainstreaming well-being focus into policy-making
Connecting people with policies
Develop indicators for measuring well-being
Ask people what's important
…the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as part of its
OECD Better Life Initiative
, has created a "better life index" that allows a side-by-side comparison of countries according to various quality-of-life indicators…All of these indicators could be
useful in measuring economic progress or setbacks as well as in explaining economic decision-making or projecting future economic outcomes.”

600+ articles published in first two days.
Improve the Qualilty of Daily Life of our clients and employees.

Contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the cities, regions and countries in which we operate
Call to action through Benefits and Rewards programme
Sodexo Annual Report, 2013
Knowledge sharing -Development of indicators for the private sector through the Quality of Life Institute
Launch of BLI 2.0
Life Satisfaction, Education and Health are leading topics
Better Life Framework
Employment rate
Long-term unemployment rate
Personal earnings
Job security
Educational attainment
Years in education
Student skills in maths, reading and science
Life expectancy
Self-reported health
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke
U.S. Federal Reserve
6 August 2012
Commitment of 600,000 €
over three years
First contact
March 2012

420,000 employees in 80 countries
75 million consumers daily across 34,300 sites
To become the premier global outsourcing expert in the Quality of Life services.
Sodexo vision:
BLI 4.0:
User empowerment,
policy impact
#5 Germany, +142,000 visits
#14 Switzerland, +51,000 visits
#17 Austria, +40,000 visits
Over 3 million visits from 184 countries
BLI 2.0
New countries
New indicators
New languages

Dennis J. Snower
Kiel Institute
Based on 18,304 user surveys
shared May 2011- December 2012
OECD Forum, 2012
Greater functionality increases traffic from mobile users
Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter are top referral sources
New languages enable wider coverage and now include popular mainstream media
Well-being is a long standing element of OECD Work:
OECD convention: "to promote..and improve the economic and social well-being of their peoples..."
Tradition of work on environmental and social indicators (1980s-90s)
Analytic reports on alternative measures of well-being in 2006 (Going for growth, Society at a Glance)
Series of OECD World Fora on ‘Statistics, Knowledge and Policy' (Palermo, Istanbul, Busan and Delhi)

An increasing number of international calls to move ‘beyond GDP’:
Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report (2008)
EU 2020 agenda
UN Resolution calling for “holistic approach to development” to promote sustainable well-being
G20 Leaders statements in 2009, 2010 and 2011
Many national initiatives for measuring well-being, including Parliaments
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