185 – The social impact of living indexes: the case of Next


The design of proper environmental and social indicators is one of the most critical challenges when monitoring and implementing corporate and government policy measures toward ecological transition and sustainable development.

In our paper we outline and discuss characteristics of a new vintage of “living” multi-stakeholder community-based indicators based on the principles of self-evaluation, dialogue and simplification with a specific focus on the Next index.

We explain the main differences between them and the opposite extreme of static expert-based indicators, how they integrate firm-level scores with compliance with macro multidimensional wellbeing indicators (such as UN Sustainable Development Goals) and how they complement with ongoing regulatory standards currently under development.

We as well discuss caveats, policy implications and impact in terms of subjective wellbeing.

Keywords: social and environmental indicators, multi-dimensional wellbeing.

JEL numbers: I30, I31.