Measuring wellbeing and sustainability - The 2011 BCFN Index

From the measurement of sustainability in the models applied in various countries to the assessment of the potential to modify future levels of health and wellbeing.

The debate on the need to widen the horizon of socio-economic control indicators, in particular, the measurement of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has been in place for a long time and recently led to a broad series of reflections.

In fact, it has been proven that economic analyses based exclusively on GDP may often be misleading. In this context, the knowledge that people’s overall well-being depends on multiple variables, among them aspects tied to lifestyles, food choices, and safeguarding health and the environment, (which are not exclusively attributable to economic and material factors that are heavily considered in policy making decisions), is becoming more and more widely accepted. During the course of its first two years of operation, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) has dealt with a series of focus areas linked to food and nutrition that directly or indirectly, impact people’s well-being.

Therefore, the goal of the work performed by the BCFN on this subject was to add and evaluate the component linked to diet and lifestyles within a multidimensional index for the measurement and comparison of the people’s level of well-being within a chosen group of developed countries.

This document highlights how BCFN is on a path characterized by the will to contribute to the achievement of this ambitious goal, which will involve professionalism, expertise, and knowledge and the participation of people who may make a constructive contribution to the development of the focus area.