Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE)

OECD Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity CentreCOVID-19 is reshaping our world and affecting people’s well-being in many ways. The crisis is also drawing attention on the socio-economic divides fracturing of our societies, and deepening these divides by hitting the most vulnerable hardest. We need to ensure that better lives for all, both now and in the future, remain at the heart of COVID-19 response and recovery strategies, and be our main priority. 

The OECD has strived for many years to put people and their well-being at the centre of public policy. To further advance this important agenda, the OECD has created a new Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE). WISE is generating new data and solutions to improve people’s well-being and reduce inequalities, and better understand the impact of policies and business actions on people’s lives today and in the future.  


WISE is pursuing its mission through 6 pillars 

Measuring what matters by generating new time-critical insights on what matters to people and investigate what drives people’s well-being with the aim of informing policy decisions and business actions. 

Getting people and governments on the same page by collecting new data and information on individual perceptions of inequality to gain insights into the gaps between perception, reality, and people’s preferences. 

Giving everyone a stake in growth by studying the root causes of inequalities and assessing the role of policies to prevent increased poverty and social exclusion, to address high inequalities and promote equal opportunities, making governments more efficient and responsive and enhance social cohesion.

Making a fair transition to a green economy by mapping inclusive and green policy packages, outlining the main challenges and identifying possible solutions for countries to make a fair green transition. 

Changing the odds from the outset by investigating how children, and those of future generations, can be better supported and provided with opportunities to improve their life chances, and by engaging OECD countries in shaping a common vision for child well-being policies. 

Bringing people together by developing a thriving community and partnerships to promote inclusiveness, solidarity and sustainability and foster international debate with key actors across sectors through events like the OECD World Forums on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy. 

Download brochure on WISE’s mission and its activities (PDF) 

Launch of the WISE Centre

On 25 November 2020, the WISE Centre was launched by the OECD Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General, Ministers and representatives of civil society who have all integrated well-being as a central part of their mandate and activities. They discussed how to ensure that recovery and reconstruction strategies prioritise people’s well-being and inclusion.

Agenda (download detailed version in PDF) 

Opening remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General 

Read the blog post "Towards a people-centred, inclusive, and sustainable COVID-19 recovery”  by Romina Boarini, OECD WISE Centre Director

Highlights  (download PDF)

Watch the launch

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Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG)

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