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 Lead and Zinc Study Group

ILZSG 1959 Lisbon Portugal C g

International Lead Association

ILA 1946 London UK D

International Lead Zinc Research Organization

ILZRO 1958 Durham NC USA F

International League of Conservation Photographers

iLCP 2005 Arlington VA USA G

International Liaison Centre for Agricultural Machinery Distributors and Maintenance

1953 Brussels Belgium E

International Library on Earthen Architecture

Villefontaine France G y

International Licensing Platform Vegetable

ILP Vegetable 2014 The Hague Netherlands G

International Lifesaving Appliance Manufacturers Association

ILAMA Shoreham UK D

International Lupin Association

ILA 1980 Temuco Chile C

International Maintenance Association

IMA 2013 Lugano Switzerland D

International Management Institute, Kiev

IMI-Kiev 1989 Kiev Ukraine G j

International Map Industry Association

IMIA Hanover MD USA C t

International Marine Purchasing Association

IMPA 1978 Colchester UK C v

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g

International Master Course on Aging Skin

IMCAS 1994 Paris France N c

International Medical Equipment Collaborative

IMEC 1995 North Andover MA USA G

International Memorialization Supply Association

IMSA 1955 Milwaukee WI USA G

International Methane Emission Observatory

IMEO 2021 J g

International Methanol Producers and Consumers Association

IMPCA 1987 Brussels Belgium C t

International Movement for the Defence of and the Right to Pleasure

Slow Food 1989 Bra Italy F

International Music Products Association

NAMM 1901 Carlsbad CA USA G

International Napoleonic Friends

1961 Lyon France N v

International Natural Rubber Agreement on Price Stabilisation

1976 T g

International Network for Safety Assurance of Fuel Cycle Industries

INSAF 2000 J t

International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

INSME 2004 Rome Italy F y

International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art

INCCA 1999 Amersfoort Netherlands F

International Network of Business and Management Journal Editors

INBAM 2009 Winchester UK F

International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

INES 1991 Berlin Germany F y

International Network of Law Firms

LEGUS 1995 Ann Arbor MI USA F

International Network of M and A Partners

1971 Des Moines IA USA N

International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users

INHSU 2009 Zurich Switzerland F

International Office for Water

IOW 1991 Paris France E

International Oleander Society

1967 Galveston TX USA F

International Olive Council

IOC 1959 Madrid Spain C g

International Oracle Users Community

IOUC 1994 Redwood City CA USA E y

International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development

IKED 2001 Malmö Sweden G

International Organisation of Agro-Industrial Trade Unions

Moscow Russia D t

International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives

CICOPA 1932 Brussels Belgium E t

International Organisation of Vine and Wine

OIV 1924 Paris France C gy

International Organization for Educational Development

IOED 2014 Delhi India G v

International Organization of the Flavor Industry

IOFI 1969 Brussels Belgium D t

International Organizations Business Association

INTOBA 2005 Singapore Singapore N

International Orienteering Federation

IOF 1961 Karlstad Sweden C

International Ornithologists' Union

IOU 1884 Baton Rouge LA USA E v

International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative

IPSI 2010 Tokyo Japan E y

International Partnership Network

IPN 1992 Harvard MA USA F

International Passive House Association

iPHA 2010 Darmstadt Germany C

International Pastoral Care Network for Social Responsibility

IPCNSR 1982 Williston VT USA N

International Pectin Producers' Association

IPPA 1969 Brussels Belgium D t

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F yt

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