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

Efficient Consumer Response Australasia

ECR Australasia 1999 Kingston ACT Australia G


1971 Paris France D

egta - association of television and radio sales houses

1974 Brussels E y

EHI Retail Institute

1989 Cologne Germany G j

EIT RawMaterials

2015 Berlin Germany F


2012 Helsinki Finland F

Electronic Business Group

EBG 1998 Paris France D

Electronics Watch

2015 Amsterdam F

ELIX - Conservation Volunteers Greece

ELIX-CVG 1987 Athens Greece G

EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute

EMBL-EBI 1993 Cambridge E j

EMEA Synthetic Turf Council

ESTC 2010 Brussels Belgium D ty

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 E


1975 Springfield MO F

Encuentro Latinoamericano de Informatica e Industrias de Información


Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes

EEIP Brussels Belgium F t

Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum

EEIF Brussels F yt

Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative

EMIRI 2012 Brussels Belgium F ty

Energy Technologies Europe

2001 Brussels 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 D y

Environmental Law Network International

ELNI 1990 Bingen F




2010 Brussels Belgium D


Montréal QC Canada G

ERA Global - Electronic Retailing Association

ERA Global Starnberg Germany C

ESCP Europe Business School

1819 Paris France E

Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas

ESADE 1958 Barcelona Spain G

ESSDERC/ESSCIRC Steering Committee

Leuven Belgium E c

Ethical Tea Partnership

ETP 1997 London UK N

Ethylene Oxide and Derivates Producers Association

EO and Glycols Brussels Belgium E

ETO Consortium

ETOs 2007 Heidelberg B y

EU Federation for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry

EUF 2009 Kraainem Belgium E t

EU Specialty Food Ingredients

1983 Brussels Belgium E y

EU Umweltbüro

1994 Vienna G

EU-ASEAN Business Council

EU-ABC 2011 Singapore E

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

1987 Brussels Belgium G t

EUBrasil Association

2004 Brussels Belgium E

Euclid Network

2007 The Hague E

EUniverCities Network

EUniverCities 2012 F

Eurasia Business and Economics Society

EBES 2008 Istanbul C

Eurasian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums

EARAZA 1994 Moscow D

EURATEX - The European Apparel and Textile Confederation

EURATEX 1996 Brussels Belgium D y