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

Commonwealth Engineers' Council

CEC 1946 London UK C

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

CWEIC 2014 London UK C

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization

CSIRO 1916 Clayton VIC Australia G t

Communauté économique des pays des Grands Lacs

CEPGL 1976 Gisenyi Rwanda F g

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g

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

1980 T g

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

1980 T g

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

1981 T g

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

1979 T g

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

1980 T g

Compagnie Commune de Réassurance des Etats Membres de la Conférence Interafricaine des Marchés d'Assurances

CICA-RE 1981 Lomé Togo F eg

Compañia Española de Financiación de Desarrollo

COFIDES 1988 Madrid Spain G eg

Company for Habitat and Housing in Africa

Shelter-Afrique 1982 Nairobi Kenya F eg

Compete Caribbean

Bridgetown Barbados E

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

Complementary Act of Stockholm 1967 T g

Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia

CAADRIA 1996 Hong Kong Hong Kong D

Computer and Communications Industry Association

CCIA 1972 Washington DC USA G t

Confederação Empresarial da Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa

CE-CPLP 2004 Linda-a-Velha Portugal E

Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas

CSA 1951 Sao Paulo Brazil E yt

Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol Corporativo


Confédération des associations des artisans glaciers de la Communauté européenne

ARTGLACE 1989 Longarone Italy E

Confédération des associations nationales de tanneurs et mégissiers de la Communauté européenne

COTANCE 1957 Brussels Belgium E

Confédération des Fabricants de Levure de l'Union Européenne

COFALEC 1959 Paris France E

Confédération Européenne de l'Industrie de la Chaussure

CEC 1958 Brussels Belgium D t

Confédération européenne des associations d'ingénieurs agronomes

CEDIA 1987 E

Confédération européenne des coopératives de travail associé, des coopératives sociales et des entreprises sociales et participatives

CECOP 1979 Brussels Belgium E

Confédération européenne des industries du bois

CEI Bois 1952 Brussels Belgium D yt

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 t

Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations

CEEBA 2004 Cairo Egypt D

Confederation of European Music Industries

CAFIM 1977 Wiesbaden Germany D t

Confederation of European Paper Industries

Cepi 1992 Brussels Belgium D yt

Confederation of International Contractors Associations

CICA 1974 Paris France C y

Confederation of North American Corporate Football


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

1992 Moscow Russia D

Confederazione Boccistica Internazionale

CBI 1983 Ankara Türkiye C

Conférence internationale des industries de procédés

INTERCHIME Paris France S ct

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

S ct

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

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y

Conference on Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks

LACONA 1995 S c

Conferencia Latino Americana de Compañias Express

CLADEC 1991 Miami FL USA D

Confrérie Mondiale des Chevaliers de l’Omelette Géante de Bessières

1973 Bessières France N

Conscience and Peace Tax International

CPTI 1994 London UK F y

Conseil européen de l'industrie chimique

CEFIC 1972 Brussels Belgium D yt

Conseil européen de l'industrie des peintures, des encres d'imprimerie et des couleurs d'art

CEPE 1951 Brussels Belgium D t

Consejo Centroamericano de Superintendentes de Bancos, de Seguros y de Otras Instituciones Financieras

CCSBSO 1976 Panama Panama D gv

Consejo Consultivo Empresarial Andino

CCEA 1998 Lima Peru K

Consejo de Armonización de Normas Electrotécnicas de las Naciones en las Américas

CANENA 1992 Rosslyn VA USA E