The Institute for Economics and Peace ( has just published the latest Positive Peace Report — an annual empirical analysis of the factors that sustain peace.
Launched at the Positive Peace Conference at Stanford University in October, the report outlines a new approach to sustainable societal development through the application of Positive Peace and systems thinking, and features the Positive Peace Index — the only known quantitative approach to defining and measuring Positive Peace across 163 countries, covering 99.6 per cent of the world’s population.
The latest data from the Positive Peace Report 2019 reveals that the global level of Positive Peace has been held back by the spread of false information, political polarisation, and tensions between different social groups. While the global score for the Positive Peace Index improved by 2.6 per cent since 2009, the rise has been hampered by deteriorations in indicators measuring social views, tensions and perceptions worldwide.

The new report also details how ethical investors can use the Positive Peace Index. Findings from IEP’s analysis shows that the indicators used to measure the Positive Peace Index maintain a high correlation with commonly accepted environmental, social and governance indicators used by investment funds. Read more from the report online.