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

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

SAFE Europe

1982 Tetbury UK D

Safe Food Advocacy Europe

SAFE 2015 Brussels Belgium D

Safe Seaweed Coalition

2021 J y

Safina Center

2003 Setauket NY USA G


SC 2004 Saint-Maur-des-Fossés France F f

Sail For Ethics

S4E 1996 Court-Saint-Etienne Belgium G

Sales and Marketing Executives International

SMEI 1936 Sumas WA USA G

SAS Global Forum

1976 Cary NC USA N

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f

School and Cultural Help and Equipment

1993 Saint-Mesmin France G

School of European Business Media and Politics

EBMP 2006 Brussels Belgium N

School of Mining Industry and Geology

1982 Niamey Niger E g

Science Based Targets Network

2014 J y

Scientific Association of European Talc Industry

Eurotalc 1977 Brussels Belgium D t

Scientists for Global Responsibility

SGR 1992 Lancaster UK G v

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Turtle Conservancy

STC 1959 Gainesville FL USA G

Sea Watch Foundation

1991 Anglesey UK G fv

Seafood Importers and Processors Alliance

SIPA 2002 Kontich Belgium D

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E


2011 Westford MA USA G

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts

SEAMEO SPAFA 1985 Bangkok Thailand E g

Search and Information Industry Association

Siinda 2014 Thalwil Switzerland C t

Second Protocol Amending the Convention on the Reduction of Cases of Multiple Nationality and Military Obligations in Cases of Multiple Nationality

1993 Strasbourg France T g

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secrétariat international des ingénieurs, des agronomes et des cadres économiques catholiques

SIIAEC 1951 Geneva Switzerland E t

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

SBC Geneva Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Bonn Germany E g


2004 London UK F


1970 Milpitas CA USA F

SERRV International

1949 Madison WI USA G

Serve the City International

2005 Brussels Belgium F

Service Civil International

SCI 1920 Antwerp Belgium B

Service Volontaire International

SVI 2009 Brussels Belgium E

Service- og Tjenestebranchens Union i Norden

SUN Stockholm Sweden D

Serviteurs de Marie-Immaculée

1885 Nowe Miasto nad Pilica Poland R

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas

SPESA 1990 Raleigh NC USA N

SGC International

1972 Kennesaw GA USA N

SGI Europe

1961 Brussels Belgium E

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f

Small Business Standards

SBS 2013 Brussels Belgium D y

Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network

SEEP 1985 Arlington VA USA G

Smart City Business America Institute

SCBA 2013 Sao Paulo Brazil D j


Smart Energy Europe 2011 Brussels Belgium D

SME Finance Forum

2012 Washington DC USA F y

SME Global

Brussels Belgium E