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Resolution on a dashboard of indicators additional to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) elaborated in partnership with France Stratégie

Resolution on a dashboard of indicators additional to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) elaborated in partnership with France Stratégie

Type of text : Resolution
Type of referral : Own initiative
Working group : Ad hoc committee

Rapporteur(s) :

Philippe LE CLEZIO
Groupe CFDT
Date adopted : 24/06/2015 | Period : 2010-2015

As the total added value of the various public and private sectors of the economy, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was formulated to evaluate the amount of wealth created each year. In this regard, it is an indispensable tool for economic analysis.

However, for a number of years, within a context of prolonged economic crisis and increasing environmental concerns, GDP has come under renewed criticism from academic experts, social stakeholders and international institutions, regarding its capacity to assess the state of a society from an economic, social and environmental standpoint and its trajectory in terms of environmental transition.

At the national level, our assembly has played a central role in reflection, namely through two opinions, the conclusions of which were supplemented by those of the Commission on te Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (Commission sur la mesure de la performance économique et du progrès social) set up by the President of the Republic in 2008. This commitment to elaborating a dashboard of sustainable development indicators was also apparent in the undertaking by the ESEC and France Stratégie at the end of 2014 to jointly develop a dashboard of 10 indicators and the launch of a joint consultation process. This course of action was consolidated by the adoption, on 2 April, of legislation tabled by Eva Sas, Green Party MP, known as the "Sas Law". This law stipulates that the government shall provide Parliament on the first Tuesday of October with a report setting out the medium-term trends for quality of life and sustainable development indicators in addition to GDP. The dashboard of the ESEC and France Stratégie could serve as the core for this.