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

Neuromarketing Science and Business Association

NMSBA 2012 Venlo Netherlands C

New Energy Industry Association for Asia and the Pacific


New European Business Confederation

UNITEE Brussels Belgium J

New Partnership for Africa's Development

NEPAD 2001 Johannesburg South Africa E g

New Venture Fund

NVF 2006 Washington DC USA G f

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Paris France E y

Nickel Institute

1984 Brussels Belgium F j

Nippon Foundation

1962 Tokyo Japan G f

Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-Sustainability Team

NESsT 1997 F

Nordens Husflidsforbund

1927 Tallinn Estonia D

Nordic Council of Shopping Centres

NCSC 1985 Stockholm Sweden D

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

NEFCO 1990 Helsinki Finland F eg

Nordic Industrial Associations Conferences

Oslo Norway S ct

Nordic Retail and Wholesale Association

NRWA Stockholm Sweden G

Nordic Swan Ecolabel

1989 D

Nordic Tax Research Council

1973 Stockholm Sweden D g

Nordic Travel Retail Group

NTRG Hellerup Denmark D

Nordic Wood Preservation Council

NWPC 1969 Stockholm Sweden D

Nordisk Företagsekonomiska Förening

NFF 1990 Turku Finland E

Nordiska Ekonomie Studerandes Union

NESU 1947 D

Nordiska Exportfrämjande Organisationers Chefsmøte

S c

Nordiska Projektexportfonden

NOPEF 1982 Helsinki Finland F fg

Nordiskt Forum för Forskning och Utvecklingsarbete inom Utbildning i Slöyd

NORDFO 1988 Notodden Norway F


NKR 1967 Rovaniemi Finland E gt

North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission

NAMMCO 1992 Tromsø Norway E g

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization

NASCO 1984 Edinburgh UK D g

North East Asian Crane Site Network

NEACSN 1997 Tokyo Japan F

North Pacific Fisheries Commission

NPFC 2015 Tokyo Japan D g

North Sea Advisory Council

NSAC 2004 Zoetermeer Netherlands E y

Norwegian Council for Africa

NCA 1967 Oslo Norway G

Not For Sale

2007 Emeryville CA USA G

Novell Users International


Nuclear Medicine Europe

NMEU 1987 Brussels Belgium D t

Nuclear Suppliers Group

NSG 1975 F g

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

NPH 1954 Cuernavaca Mexico G

Ocean Conservancy

1972 Washington DC USA G

Ocean Unite

2015 G


1999 Washington DC USA G


1989 Wädenswil Switzerland G

Oceania Association of Master Athletes

Attadale WA Australia G

Oceanic Federation of Corporate Football


Oceanic Preservation Society

OPS Greenbrae CA USA G

Oceano Azul Foundation

Lisbon Portugal G f


Naples Italy G

Odette International

1985 London UK E

OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions

OECD anti-bribery convention 1997 T g

Oenological Products and Practices

OEnoppia 2009 Paris France D y

Offshore Mechanical Handling Equipment Committee

OMHEC Stavanger Norway D

Offshore Pollution Liability Association

OPOL 1974 London UK D

Oil and Gas Industry Energy Access Platform

EAP Vienna Austria F ty