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

International Centre for Social Franchising

ICSF 2011 London UK G y

International Centre for Sturgeon Studies

ICSS Nanaimo BC Canada N

International Centre for Tax and Development

ICTD 2010 Brighton UK F

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

ICCROM 1958 Rome Italy F gy

International Chamber of Commerce

ICC 1919 Paris France B

International Chemical Secretariat

ChemSec 2002 Gothenburg Sweden G

International Chemical Trade Association

ICTA 1991 The Hague Netherlands E t

International Christian Union of Business Executives

1931 Paris France C

International Civil Aviation Organization

ICAO 1947 Montréal QC Canada B g

International Cleantech Network

ICN 2009 Copenhagen Denmark F

International Co-operative Alliance

ICA 1895 Brussels Belgium A y

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

ICRtoP 2009 New York NY USA E y

International Coalition of Library Consortia

ICOLC 1997 Atlanta GA USA F y

International Coffee Organization

ICO 1963 London UK B g

International Commission for Alpine Rescue

ICAR 1948 Zurich Switzerland D

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

ICCAT 1969 Madrid Spain E g

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River

ICPDR 1998 Vienna Austria E gy

International Committee for Marine Conservation

ICMC 1997 Hochheim am Main Germany E

International Committee for the Co-ordination and Standardisation of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques for Speech Input-Output

COCOSDA 1991 Kyoto Japan J

International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics

ICCM 1977 Rome Italy D

International Committee for the Defence of the Breton Language

ICDBL 1975 E

International Committee for the Study of Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium

ICSOBA 1963 Québec QC Canada E

International Committee of Analysis for Steel and Iron Industry

ICASI 1992 Beijing China C t

International Committee of the Decorative Laminates Industry

ICDLI Frankfurt-Main Germany E t

International Commodities Exchange

ICE Futures 1980 London UK N

International Community of Defence Industry Workers' Unions

ICDIWU Moscow Russia D t

International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

ICW 1992 F v

International Concrete Repair Institute

1988 St Paul MN USA N j

International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas

CICAE 1955 Berlin Germany D

International Confederation of Construction and Building Materials Industry Workers' Unions

Moscow Russia D t

International Confederation of Joint Venture Workers' Unions

Moscow Russia D

International Confederation of Trade Unions of Workers in the Oil and Gas Industries, and Construction Workers in the Oil and Gas Complex

1992 Moscow Russia D t

International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry

CARPI 2010 S ct

International Conference on Business Process Management

BPM 2003 S c

International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology

ICBEIT 2007 S c

International Conference on Cellular Automata for Research and Industry


International Conference on Electroluminescence and Optoelectronic Devices


International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems


International Conference on Goat Production and Disease

Logan UT USA S c

International Conference on Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain

ILS International Conference S c

International Conference on Light-Emitting Devices and Their Industrial Applications


International Conference on Microbial Food and Feed Ingredients

MIFFI 2018 S c

International Conference on Nondestructive Evaluation in the Nuclear and Pressure Vessel Industries

S ct

International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research

BIR Rostock Germany S c

International Conference on Plasma Surface Interactions in Controlled Fusion Devices

PSI 1974 Oak Ridge TN USA S c

International Conference on Reliability and Maintainability

Toulouse France S c

International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business

ICSR 2012 S c

International Conference on the Conservation and Management of Lakes

Beijing China S c

International Conference on the Numerical Analysis of Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits


International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals