Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Responsible Consumption & Production

Goal 12 is about ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, which is key to sustain the livelihoods of current and future generations.

Our planet is running out of resources, but populations are continuing to grow. If the global population reaches 9.8 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets will be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

We need to change our consumption habits, and shifting our energy supplies to more sustainable ones are one of the main changes we must make if we are going to reduce our consumption levels. However, global crises triggered a resurgence in fossil fuel subsidies, nearly doubling from 2020 to 2021.

We are seeing promising changes in industries, including the trend towards sustainability reporting being on the rise, almost tripling the amount of published sustainability over just a few years, showing increased levels of commitment and awareness that sustainability should be at the core of business practices.

Food waste is another sign of over consumption, and tackling food loss is urgent and requires dedicated policies, informed by data, as well as investments in technologies, infrastructure, education and monitoring. A staggering 931 million tons of food is wasted a year, despite a huge number of the global population going hungry.

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

Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging

CEFLEX Bergschenhoek Netherlands F

Circular Plastics Alliance

2018 Brussels Belgium E y

Circumpolar Conservation Union

CCU 1993 Washington DC USA G

CIRFS - European Man-made Fibres Association

1950 Brussels Belgium D

CIRP - The International Academy for Production Engineering

1950 Paris France C v

CIUS - European Sugar Users

1995 Brussels Belgium D yt

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

CIVITAS International

1995 Calabasas CA USA F y


1999 Washington DC USA E

Clean Clothes Campaign

CCC 1990 Amsterdam Netherlands F

CLG Europe

2007 Brussels Belgium G

Climate Cleanup Foundation

CC Amsterdam Netherlands G fv

Close the Gap International

2003 Brussels Belgium G

Cloud Community Europe

Luxembourg Luxembourg D

Club des utilisateurs Bull européen

CUBE Paris France N

Cluster Pulse Network

Ahmedabad India N

Clusterize - Business Roaming Agreement

BRA Karlsruhe Germany J

CO2 Value Europe

CVE 2017 Brussels Belgium D

Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements

CFFA 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Coalition of Fragile Ecosystems

COFE 2017 J

Coastal and Marine Union - EUCC

1989 Leiden Netherlands E

Coastal Conservation Network

CCN Costa Mesa CA USA G

Coastal Oceans Research and Development - Indian Ocean

CORDIO East Africa Mombasa Kenya E


1973 Rungis France E

Collaborative Intergovernmental Scientific Research Institute

CISRI 2000 Novara Italy E gj

Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education

CJBE 1998 Detroit MI USA G

COMESA Competition Commission

CCC 2013 Lilongwe Malawi E g

COMESA Federation of National Associations of Women in Business

COMFWB 1993 Lilongwe Malawi D

Comisión Centroamericana Permanente para la Erradicación de la Producción, Trafico, Consumo y Uso Ilicitos de Estupefacientes y Sustancias Psicotrópicas

CCP 1993 Tegucigalpa Honduras E

Comisión Latinoamericana de Empresarios de Combustibles

CLAEC 1995 Montevideo Uruguay E

Comité des organisations nationales des importateurs et exportateurs de poisson de l'UE

CEP 1963 Brussels Belgium E

Comité Européen de Droit Rural

CEDR 1957 Paris France D

Comité européen de liaison des importateurs de machines-outils

CELIMO 1971 London UK E

Comité européen de normalisation

CEN 1961 Brussels Belgium D y

Comité européen des entreprises vins

CEEV 1959 Brussels Belgium E

Comité européen des fabricants d'appareils de chauffage et de cuisine domestique

CEFACD 1951 D t

Comité international des cheminées industrielles

CICIND 1973 Moers Germany E vt

CommerceNet Consortium

1994 Palo Alto CA USA G

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC 1994 Montréal QC Canada E g

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1982 Hobart TAS Australia E gy

Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

CCSBT 1994 Deakin ACT Australia E g

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

CGRFA 1983 Rome Italy E g

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 Brussels Belgium D t

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

Committee of the European Starch Potato Producers' Union

CESPU Berlin Germany E

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

COPUOS 1959 Vienna Austria E g

Common Ground Research Networks

1984 Champaign IL USA F