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

Global Canopy

2001 Oxford UK F

Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century

GCP21 2002 Cali Colombia J

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

GCR2P 2008 New York NY USA E

Global Choices

Carbondale CO USA J

Global Citizenship Alliance

GCA 2015 Salzburg Austria C

Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance

GCWDA 2015 C

Global Cold Chain Alliance

GCCA 2007 Alexandria VA USA F

Global Communication Association

GCA 2007 Greensboro NC USA G

Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

GCET 2000 S c

Global Corporate Governance Institute

GCGI 2014 C c

Global Corporate Real Estate Network

CORENET Global 2001 Atlanta GA USA F

Global Council of Corporate Universities

GlobalCCU 2006 N

Global Dairy Platform

GDP 2006 Rosemont IL USA C

Global Design Network

GDN 2005 J y

Global Development Research Centre

GDRC 2000 Kobe Japan G

Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT, and Radiation Therapy Trade Association

DITTA Brussels Belgium C t

Global Diaspora Confederation

GDC 2020 F

Global Ecolabelling Network

GEN 1994 Canberra ACT Australia F

Global Environment Centre

GEC 1992 Osaka Japan G

Global Environmental Management Initiative

GEMI 1990 Washington DC USA G

Global Facility Management Association

Global FM Melbourne VIC Australia C y

Global Fellowship of Christian Youth

Global Fellowship 1963 Hemel Hempstead UK F

Global Fluorocarbon Producers Forum

GFPF Brussels Belgium F

Global Food Safety Initiative

GFSI 2000 Levallois-Perret France F

Global Forest Coalition

GFC 2000 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services

GFRAS 2010 Lindau Switzerland F

Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management


Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

2009 Paris France F g

Global Foundation for the Sustainability of Billion Minds

Billion Minds Foundation Washington DC USA G f

Global Free Software Organization


Global Harmonization Initiative

GHI 2007 Vienna Austria F

Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute

GISPRI 1988 Tokyo Japan G j

Global Island Partnership

GLISPA 2005 Washington DC USA F y

Global Jesuit Business Student Association


Global LI Industry Forum

GLIIF Olympia WA USA N t

Global Mamas

Minneapolis MN USA G

Global mobile Suppliers Association

GSA 1998 Sheffield UK C

Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment

GMBA 2000 Bern Switzerland E y

Global Network for Advanced Management

GNAM 2012 Berlin Germany J y

Global Network for B2B Integration in High Tech Industries

EDIFICE 1986 Hoegaarden Belgium E t

Global Network for Environmental Science and Technology

G-NEST Athens Greece N

Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

RECPnet 2010 Vienna Austria F y

Global Network of Director Institutes


Global Ocean

2006 London UK G

Global Organic Textile Standard International Working Group

GOTS 2008 Stuttgart Germany E y

Global Organization for PHA

GO!PHA 2019 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Global Parks


Global Parliament of Mayors

GPM 2016 The Hague Netherlands F v

Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches

GPRBA 2003 Washington DC USA E gy

Global Partnership for Social Accountability

GPSA 2012 E g