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

ECO Platform

2013 Brussels Belgium F

Ecobank Development Corporation

EDC Lomé Togo G e


2009 Lima Peru G

EcoHealth Alliance

1971 New York NY USA G fv

Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, Paris

EFEO 1900 Paris France N jv

École supérieure de la francophonie pour l'administration et le management

ESFAM Sofia Bulgaria E j

EcoLogic Development Fund

1993 Cambridge MA USA G f

Ecological Defense Group



2012 Doha Qatar F

Economic Research Forum

ERF 1993 Giza Egypt F

Economy for the Common Good

ECG Hamburg Germany C - European Sustainable Business Federation

2016 Brussels Belgium D

ECR Community

1994 Brussels Belgium D

EDANA, the voice of nonwovens

EDANA 1971 Brussels Belgium D t


1991 E

Educational Innovation in Economics and Business Network

EDiNEB Network 1993 Maastricht Netherlands F

EEC Convention on the Mutual Recognition of Companies and Bodies Corporate

1968 T g

EECONET Action Fund

EAF 1995 Leiden Netherlands F f

Efficient Consumer Response Asia Pacific

ECR Asia Pacific 1999 Singapore Singapore D

Efficient Consumer Response Australasia

ECR Australasia 1999 Kingston ACT Australia G

egta - association of television and radio sales houses

1974 Brussels Belgium E y

EHI Retail Institute

1989 Cologne Germany G j

EIT RawMaterials

2015 Berlin Germany F


2013 Helsinki Finland F

Electronic Business Group

EBG 1998 Paris France D

Electronics Watch

2015 Amsterdam Netherlands F

ELIX - Conservation Volunteers Greece

ELIX-CVG 1987 Athens Greece G

EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute

EMBL-EBI 1993 Cambridge UK E j

EMEA Synthetic Turf Council

ESTC 2010 Brussels Belgium D yt

Emerald Network

1989 Strasbourg France K gy

Emerging Europe Alliance for Business Services, Innovation and Technology

Emerging Europe Alliance London UK J

Emmaus International

1971 Montreuil France E


1975 Springfield MO USA F

Encuentro Latinoamericano de Informatica e Industrias de Información


Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum

EEIF Brussels Belgium F yt

Energy Efficient Buildings

EuroACE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative

EMIRI 2012 Brussels Belgium F yt

Energy Technologies Europe

2001 Brussels Belgium D

Enraíza Derechos

1985 Madrid Spain G v


Mons Belgium J

Enterprise Development International

EDI 1985 Fairfax VA USA G

Enterprise Europe Network

EEN 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Enterprise for the Americas Initiative and Tropical Forest Conservation Act

EAI/TFCA 1992 Washington DC USA G

Entomological Society of Southern Africa

ESSA 1937 Hatfield South Africa F

Entreprise Works / VITA

Washington DC USA G

Environmental Coalition on Standards

ECOS 2001 Brussels Belgium D y

Environmental Law Network International

ELNI 1990 Bingen Germany F




2010 Brussels Belgium D t


Montréal QC Canada G