Fighting inequality in the time of COVID-19: The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2020

Publication date: 8 October 2020
Authors: Matthew Martin, Max Lawson, Nabil Abdo, David Waddock, Jo Walker

The coronavirus pandemic has swept across a world unprepared to fight it, because countries had failed to choose policies to fight inequality. Only one in six countries assessed for the CRI Index 2020 were spending enough on health, only a third of the global workforce had adequate social protection, and in more than 100 countries at least one in three workers had no labour protection such as sick pay. As a result, many have faced death and destitution, and inequality is increasing dramatically. 

This third edition of the CRI Index report recommends that all governments adopt strong anti-inequality policies on public services, tax and labour rights, to radically reduce the gap between rich and poor. The international community must support them with Special Drawing Rights, debt relief and global solidarity taxes. 

See also the CRI Index website at