SEI's Annual Report - An agenda of action

Posted on 26 April 2018

In 2017 SEI was ranked among the top two environmental policy think tanks in the world. Our latest annual report shows how we're stepping up to the challenge of delivering sustainability.

SEI is pleased to lauch its 2017 Annual Report.

“This annual report shows how SEI is stepping up to the challenge of delivering sustainability,” says Måns Nilsson, SEI’s Executive Director. “The stories we present here provide evidence of how our research is connecting science and decision-making, improving the lives of people and communities.”

The report is in three sections. ‘SEI in Review’ provides a summary of our activities and turnover for 2017. ‘From Goals to action’ tells the story of our work and its impact through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals. The ‘SEI Foundation Annual Report’ presents the audited accounts of the SEI Foundation.

SEI Annual Report 2017

Sustainable Development Goals

SEI has supported the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ever since the Rio+20 conference in 2012.

Our work is now focused on supporting implementation by helping multilateral organisations, national governments and industry in translating the 2030 Agenda from wide-ranging, idealistic ambitions into achievable, actionable policies.

Our aim is to turn this from an agenda for action into an agenda of action.

Enabling action, unlocking delivery

In 2017 we found new ways to move our research from the academic literature to formats and services that make scientific insights applicable to policy. In conjunction with the COP23 climate summit in November, the German Development Institute and SEI launched a visual tool, the NDC-SDG Connections Tool, that shows how climate action corresponds and contributes to each of the 17 SDGs.

In the field of health, SEI’s Integrated Benefits Calculator was presented at the UN Environment Assembly. This decision-support tool which involves SEI York researchers (Johan Kuylenstierna, Harry Vallack, Chris Malley and Kevin Hicks) translates emission scenarios into impacts, such as avoided premature deaths and crop losses. For example, policy-makers can see how many lives would be saved through an emissions reduction policy – and view that impact by age, disease and contributing pollutant.

In a different area, the Trase tool is now recognised by decision-makers in both the public and private sector as a “game changer” in supply chain transparency. Throughout 2017, Trase has seen rapid uptake by decision-makers, including to support specific decision-making around purchases of sustainable commodities and management of risk in both production and consumption economies. Trase features involvement from several SEI York researchers (Chris West, Jon Green, Simon Croft, Emilie Hobbs)

Global impact, locally relevant

With ten offices in seven countries, and more than 220 employees from over 50 nationalities, SEI shows that diversity is a strength in its own right: alongside deeper collaboration with our partners, it is central to our development as an organisation.
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