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 Type III

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

CGRFA 1983 Rome Italy E g FAO Bodies, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Commission Tiers-Monde de l'Eglise catholique, Genève

COTMEC Geneva Switzerland G

Committee for a Workers' International

CWI 1974 London UK E

Committee for European Construction Equipment

CECE 1959 Brussels Belgium D

Committee of Cereals, Oilseeds, Animal Feed, Olive Oil, Oils and Fats and Agro-Supply Trade in the EU

COCERAL 1958 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges

CoSSE 1997 Johannesburg South Africa E

Committee of Senior Officials of the Nordic Countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Field of Food Issues

CSO-NB8-Food 1980 E g IGOs

Committee of the European Starch Potato Producers' Union

CESPU Berlin Germany E

Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators

CATA 1978 London UK C v

Commonwealth Business Women Leaders Network

Singapore Singapore F

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

CWEIC 2014 London UK C

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization

CSIRO 1916 Clayton Australia G

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Analysis of Organic Micro-pollutants in Water

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Physico-chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Teleinformatics

1981 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Treatment and Use of Sewage Sludge

1979 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project on the Effects of Processing on the Physical Properties of Foodstuffs

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Company for Habitat and Housing in Africa

Shelter-Afrique 1982 Nairobi Kenya F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Compete Caribbean

Christ Church Barbados E

Complementary Act to the 1925 Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Design

1967 T g Treaties, IGOs

Computer and Communications Industry Association

CCIA 1972 Washington DC USA G

Computer Professionals Forum for Peace and Social Responsibility

Bremen Germany G Professional Bodies

Confederação Empresarial da Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa

CE-CPLP 2004 Linda-a-Velha Portugal E

Confederación de Asociaciones de Heladeros Artesanos de la Comunidad Europea

1989 Longarone Italy E

Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol Corporativo


Confederation of African Corporate Football


Confederation of American Associations for the Production of Sustainable Agriculture

CAAPAS Mercedes Uruguay D

Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry

CACCI 1966 Taipei Taiwan D

Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations

CEEBA 2004 Cairo Egypt D

Confederation of European Computer User Associations

CECUA 1978 Houilles France D

Confederation of European Music Industries

CAFIM 1977 Wiesbaden Germany D

Confederation of European Paper Industries

CEPI 1992 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

Confederation of European Yeast Producers

COFALEC 1959 Paris France E

Confederation of International Contractors Associations

CICA 1974 Paris France C y International Federations

Confederation of National Associations of Hotels, Restaurants, Cafés and Similar Establishments in the European Union and European Economic Area

HOTREC 1982 Brussels Belgium E

Confederation of North American Corporate Football


Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry

CONEBI 2014 Brussels Belgium D

Confederation of Unions of Workers in Commerce, Restaurants, Consumers' Cooperatives and Various Forms of Business

1992 Moscow Russia D Trade and Labour Unions

Conférence internationale des industries de procédés

INTERCHIME Paris France S c Conference Series

Conference of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Island Regions of the European Union

S c Conference Series

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones

CPCCAF 1973 Paris France C y International Federations

Conscience - the Peace Tax Campaign

1979 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Conscience and Peace Tax International

CPTI 1994 London UK F y International Federations

Consejo de Asociaciones de la Industria Cosmética Latinoamericana

CASIC 1999 Montevideo Uruguay D

Conservation Finance Alliance


Conservation Force

Metairie LA USA F

Conservation International

CI 1987 Arlington VA USA G

Conservation Through Public Health

CTPH Entebbe Uganda J