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

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

DSCC 2004 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

Demeter International

1997 Brussels Belgium E

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era

DAWN 1984 Suva Fiji F v

Development Cooperation with the Third World

1975 Bergheim Austria G e

Dienst voor Internationale Samenwerking aan Ontwikkelingsprojecten

DISOP 1961 Brussels Belgium G

Digital Education Africa Network

DEAN 2001 Amsterdam Netherlands N


1999 Brussels Belgium D


DHE 1994 Brussels Belgium F y

Direct Selling Europe

DSE 2007 Brussels Belgium D

Disarmament and Security Centre

DSC Christchurch New Zealand G

DLMS User Association

Steinhausen Switzerland C y

DMZ Forum

1997 East Meadow NY USA G

Donau Soja

2012 Vienna Austria D

Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination group

DUCC 2001 Brussels Belgium F

Drawdown Europe Research Association

DERA Amsterdam Netherlands D

Drilling Contractors Association

DCA Europe Aachen Germany D

Drinkable Rivers

2020 Zandvoort Netherlands G

Dunamenti Állatfajták Génmegőrző Nemzetközi Egyesülete

DAGENE 1989 Budapest Hungary D

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

1963 Trinity UK G f

Earth Charter International

ECI 2000 San José Costa Rica F

Earth Commission

2019 Stockholm Sweden E

Earth Repair Foundation

ERF Katoomba NSW Australia N f

Earth Restoration Corps

ERC 1999 Crestone CO USA N

Earth Rights Institute

ERI 2001 Santa Monica CA USA G j

Earth-Friendly Schools Hawaii-International

1992 Volcano HI USA K


2014 Mumbai India F


2006 Gland Switzerland G

Earthrace Conservation

Whangarei New Zealand F

EarthRights International

ERI 1994 Washington DC USA C

Earthways Foundation

1985 Malibu CA USA G f

Earthworm Foundation

1999 Nyon Switzerland F f

East African Business Council

EABC 1997 Arusha Tanzania UR D

East African Securities Regulatory Authorities

EASRA Arusha Tanzania UR K

East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies

ESAFS 1990 Tokyo Japan D

East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography

EARCAG 1999 S c

East Asian Spa Industry Union

EASIU 2005 J t

East Asian Stock Exchange Conference

EASEC 1982 S c

Eastern Africa Association

EAA 1964 Harlow UK F

Eastern African Mining Industry Convention


Eastern African Power Industry Convention


Eastern African Power, Mining and Telecoms Industry Convention


Eastern African Telecommunications Industry Convention

S ct

Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness

ECCEA 1995 Fort de France Martinique F

Eastwest European Institute

EWEI Rome Italy G

ebbf - ethical business building the future

ebbf 1990 Madrid Spain F

ECA Office for North Africa

1963 Rabat Morocco E g

ECA Watch

J y


1979 Paris France D

ECNC - European Centre for Nature Conservation

1993 Tilburg Netherlands E y

ECO Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ECO-CCI 1989 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep E gt