The Global Innovation Index (GII):

The GII is the premier reference for measuring a country’s innovation performance. It provides detailed metrics on innovation performance using approximately 80 indicators for almost  130 economies, thus covering 93% of the world’s population and 98% of global GDP. The GII explores a broad horizontal vision of innovation that encompasses indicators of the political environment, education, infrastructure, skills, and business and market sophistication.

Prof. Soumitra Dutta speaks in a panel with the then Brazilian president Mr. Temer. 2018 GII Launch.
Prof. Soumitra Dutta speaks in a panel with the then Brazilian president Mr. Temer. 2018 GII Launch.

The GII is a tool for action and has established itself as a central policy tool for innovation around the world. The GII is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. Now, going into its 13th edition, the GII is a valuable benchmarking tool and platform to facilitate public-private dialogue, through which policymakers and business leaders come together to set a country’s innovation agenda.

Recognizing the importance of the GII, its Corporate Partners program has involved a diverse range of organizations, including Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), PwC and Strategy, the Brazilian National Industry Confederation (CNI), the Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae) and Dassault Systemes.

The Portulans Institute, a Washington DC-based non-profit, serves as the home for the GII Corporate Partners program.

Global Impact and Media Coverage:

Dr. Francis Gurry DG – WIPO and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (2018)

Numerous countries have incorporated the GII data and analysis into their innovation agenda and metrics. The GII is also regularly featured at various high-level global policy events. It is referred to by world leaders including the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Việt Nam Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc in prestigious geopolitical addresses.

The GII is equally well received by the industry, academia, and the media. Since the launch of the 12th edition of the GII in July 2019, the report has been downloaded over 260,000 times and has received over 580,000 online views. Over 11,000 media articles in major global publications covered the GII, including the Washington Post, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Economic Times, Bloomberg News, Business Standard, and the BBC.

Role and Benefits of GII Corporate Partners:  

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Former President of India and Dr. Francis Gurry DG – WIPO” (2016)

GII’s Corporate Partners are corporations or non-governmental entities that believe in the role of innovation in increasing the competitiveness of nations, enabling economic growth, driving societal changes, and building the foundation of an economy’s future.

They are committed to producing a valuable and non-partisan resource on innovation by:

  • Providing inputs to the formulation of the GII model.
  • Participating in the discussion and dissemination of GII results at appropriate launch events.
  • Hosting a global or regional launch in their home city, which attracts the media, and is attended by policymakers and politicians.

There are several benefits of being a GII Corporate Partner, including:

  • Acknowledgment in GII publications and dissemination activities and events.
  • Opportunity to contribute analytical chapters or case studies to the GII Report.
  • Opportunity to co-organize GII events in ways relevant to the partner’s innovation agenda.
  • Participation in the debate on increasing the competitiveness of a country, including meetings with policymakers.
  • Promotion of the organization’s image by being at the forefront of innovation research.

Agreeing to become a Corporate Partner for the GII entails the following obligations:

  • Work closely with the GII publisher, WIPO, and its partner, the Portulans Institute.
  • Maintain and promote the GII as a trusted, independent source, free of conflicts of interest.
  • Support efforts to publicize and distribute the GII in ways that support its overall goals.
  • Contribute financial support for the GII research program and events.


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