Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Responsible Consumption & Production

Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

At the current time, material consumption of natural resources is increasing, particularly within Eastern Asia. Countries are also continuing to address challenges regarding air, water and soil pollution.

Since sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life. There also needs to be significant focus on operating on supply chain, involving everyone from producer to final consumer. This includes educating consumers on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing them with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Building Advisory Service and Information Network

BASIN 1988 Villefontaine France F y

Building Industry Consulting Service International

BICSI 1977 Tampa FL D t

Building Owners and Managers Association International

BOMA 1907 Washington DC USA G

Building Service Contractors Association International

BSCAI 1965 Chicago IL USA G

Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

BEUC 1962 Brussels Belgium D

Bureau international du béton manufacturé

BIBM 1954 Brussels D t

Bureau international pour la standardisation de la rayonne et des fibres synthétiques

BISFA 1928 Brussels Belgium C

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels C

Business Action for Africa

London UK F

Business Advisory Council

BAC 1996 Stockholm Sweden E

Business Africa

BUSINESSAFRICA 1986 Nairobi Kenya D

Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp

BACH 1989 El Cerrito CA USA N

Business Alliance for Water and Climate


Business and Economics Society International

B and ESI 1996 Worcester MA USA D

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G

Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD

BIAC 1962 Paris France E ty

Business Angel Network Southeast Asia

BANSEA 2001 Singapore Singapore G

Business Association of Latin American Studies


Business Council for International Understanding

BCIU 1955 New York NY USA G

Business Council for the United Nations


business disability international

bdi 2015 London UK G

Business Ethics Network of Africa

BEN-Africa 1999 Stellenbosch South Africa F

Business European Capital Cities

BECC 1989 Paris France D t

Business for Peace Foundation

2007 Oslo G f

Business for Social Responsibility

BSR 1992 New York NY USA G

Business Humanitarian Forum

BHF 1999 Geneva Switzerland F

Business in Development Network

BiD Network Amsterdam Netherlands G

Business Information Industry Association

BIIA 2005 Hong Kong Hong Kong C t

Business Network International

BNI 1985 Charlotte NC USA N

Business Software Alliance

BSA 1988 Washington DC USA F


1958 Brussels Belgium D

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F

Buy Nothing Project

2013 F v

Cairns Group

1986 F g

Camphill Movement

1939 Edinburgh UK F

CAN in Automation

CiA 1992 Nürburg Germany F

Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business

CERT 1999 Toronto ON Canada E

Cap Business Océan Indien

2005 Ebene Mauritius D t

CapitalPlus Exchange

CapPlus 2004 G

Caribbean Association for Plant Science, Industry, Commerce and Use in Medicine

CAPSICUM 2008 Castries St Lucia G t

Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce

CAIC 1955 Maraval Trinidad-Tobago D t

Caribbean Association of Small and Medium Enterprises

CAMSE 2005 Kingston Jamaica D

Caribbean Association of Technologists, Technicians and Craftsmen

CATTAC 1998 Freeport Trinidad-Tobago D

Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation

CBC 1963 Bridgetown Barbados G

Caribbean Business and Investment Support Network

CARIBISNET 2006 Bridgetown Barbados F

Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Europe

CCCE 2019 Brussels Belgium E t

Caribbean Conservation Association

CCA 1967 D

Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation

CARILEC 1988 Castries St Lucia F

Caribbean Export Development Agency

Caribbean Export 1996 St Michael Barbados F eg

Caribbean Financial Services Corporation

CFSC St Michael Barbados F ey