The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organization of 34 countries founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. All member countries are committed to democracy and the market economy, providing a platform to compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practices, and co-ordinate domestic and international policies of its members. Most OECD members are high-income economies with a high Human Development Index (HDI) and are regarded as developed countries.
The Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) is the most thorough cross-national survey of governance in the OECD. The project identifies reform needs and highlights forward-looking practices, while offering full access to the data underlying 147 indicators.
In October of 2011, the SGI project released a new study on Social Justice in the OECD Nations. The report offers a comparative assessment of 31 OECD countries with regard to six key dimensions: poverty prevention, equitable access to education, labor market inclusiveness, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health as well as intergenerational justice.
The entire report can be downloaded here, The following chart summarizes the findings of the report.
Madonna Gauding is a freelance writer, illustrator and book designer living in St. Louis. MO. She is the author of 10 books on a variety of "mind, body, spirit" topics.