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

Alliance for Water Stewardship

AWS North Berwick UK C y

Alliance for Zero Extinction

AZE 2005 The Plains VA USA C y

Alliance of Business Women International

ABWI 1995 Atlanta GA USA G

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

AMMPA 1987 Alexandria VA USA G y

Alliance of Russian Solidarists

1930 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Alliance Toward Harnessing Global Opportunities Corporation

ATHGO International 1999 Sherman Oaks CA USA G

Alpine Ibex European Specialist Group

GSE-AIESG 1988 Turin Italy E

alterNativa - Intercanvi amb Pobles Indigenes

1986 Barcelona Spain G

Alternativas Latinoamericanas de Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Antropológicos

ALDHEA 2005 Quito Ecuador J

Alternative Action for African Development

1988 G

Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma

ALTSEAN Burma 1996 Bangkok Thailand G

Alternative Information and Development Centre

AIDC 1996 Cape Town South Africa G

Alternative Investment Management Association

AIMA 1990 London UK D

Alternative Missions

Ferndale WA USA N

Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance

ATM 2011 J ty

Alternatives - Action and Communication Network for International Development

Montréal QC Canada G y

Alternatives for Sustainable Development

Barcelona Spain G

Alternatives International

Alter-Inter Montréal QC Canada F

Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism in Southern Africa

ANSA 2003 Harare Zimbabwe D

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative


Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Conservation Team

ACT Arlington VA USA G

AMC Institute

1963 Alexandria VA USA G j

AmChams in Europe

1963 Ljubljana Slovenia E

American Enterprise Institute

AEI 1943 Washington DC USA G j

American Fisheries Society

AFS 1870 Bethesda MD USA G v

Americas Research Industry Alliance


Americas' Central Securities Depositories Association

ACSDA 1999 Lima Peru D


1977 Brussels Belgium D

Amphibian Ark

AArk 2007 Apple Valley MN USA E y

Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International

AIMS International 1994 Santa Ana CA USA G t

Andean Center of Popular Action

1977 Quito Ecuador G

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Peru G j

Andean Social Management Corporation

1989 Quito Ecuador N

Animal Cell Technology Industrial Platform

ACTIP 1990 La Nucia Spain F t

Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics

2015 S c

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

ASOC 1978 Washington DC USA F y

Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Productontwikkeling

APOPO 1998 Antwerp Belgium G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v

Antidote Europe

Paris France D

APEC SME Innovation Center

SMEIC 2004 Gyeongsan Korea Rep E

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

Appita - Australia and New Zealand Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association

1947 Melbourne VIC Australia G t

APPLiA - Home Appliance Europe

1959 Brussels Belgium D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Arab Banking Corporation

ABC 1980 Manama Bahrain F eg

Arab Bridge Maritime Company

1987 Aqaba Jordan F eg

Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference

S c

Arab Centre for Human Resources Development

1975 K g