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

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

Oil Companies International Marine Forum

OCIMF 1970 London UK F

Oil Companies' European Association for Environment, Health and Safety in Refining and Distribution

CONCAWE 1963 Brussels Belgium D

Oleochemicals Europe

APAG 1976 Brussels Belgium E

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

OPEC Economic Commission Board

1964 Vienna Austria K g

Open Forum Europe

2002 Brussels Belgium N

Open Group

1988 San Francisco CA USA F

Open Network for Commerce Exchange

ONCE 2000 Olympia WA USA F

Open Pan European Public Procurement Online

OpenPEPPOL Brussels Belgium E

OpenStreetMap Foundation

2006 Cambridge UK F f

Opportunities Industrialization Centers International

OICI 1964 Washington DC USA F t


2014 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue France E

Orangutan Foundation International

OFI 1986 Los Angeles CA USA F f

Orgalim - Europe's Technology Industries

1947 Brussels Belgium D t

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States/Competitive Business Unit

OECS/CBU 1997 Roseau Dominica E g

Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires

OHADA 1993 Yaoundé Cameroon D g

Organización de Asociaciones y Empresas de Telecomunicaciones para América Latina

TEPAL 1992 Panama Panama D

Organización Latino-Americana y del Caribe de Turismo

OLACT 2010 Mexico City Mexico D

Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement International

OISCA International 1961 Tokyo Japan F t

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden G

Organization for the Promotion of Responsible Tuna Fisheries

OPRT 2000 Tokyo Japan D

Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries

OAPEC 1968 Safat Kuwait D g

Organization of Gas Producing Countries

OPEGAS 2007 J p

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

OPEC 1960 Vienna Austria C g

Our World is Not for Sale


Overbrook Foundation

1948 New York NY USA G f

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

OPIC 1971 Washington DC USA G eg

Oxfam Trading

Ghent Belgium G

Oxygenated Solvents Producers Association

OSPA Brussels Belgium E

Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education and Research

PACIBER 1988 Honolulu HI USA F

Pacific Basin Economic Council

PBEC 1967 Hong Kong Hong Kong E