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

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 yt

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

Seas at Risk

SAR 1986 Brussels Belgium F y

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


Lagos Nigeria F f


1980 Brussels Belgium D y

Social Accountability Accreditation Services

SAAS 1997 New York NY USA E

Social Accountability International

SAI 1997 New York NY USA G

Social Enterprise International

SEi 1994 Whitby UK G

Social Enterprise World Forum

SEWF 2008 Glasgow UK F c

Social Firms Europe

CEFEC 1990 Suceava Romania D

Social Venture Network Europe

SVN Europe 1993 Amstelveen Netherlands F

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Auditoría de Servicios de Salud

SLASS 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina D

Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservación

SMBC 1996 D

Société de promotion et de participations pour la coopération économique, Paris

PROPARCO 1977 Paris France G e

Société internationale pour l'enseignement commercial

SIEC 1901 Peoria IL USA C