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

Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment


Society for Conservation Biology

SCB 1985 Washington DC USA F

Society for Conservation GIS

SCGIS 1997 N

Society for Consumer Affairs Professionals in Europe

SOCAPiE Symington UK D t

Society for Development Alternatives

1983 Delhi India G

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

SIAM 1952 Philadelphia PA USA G

Society for International Development

SID 1957 Rome Italy B y

Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals

SMRP 1992 Atlanta GA USA G t

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Falls Church VA USA D

Society for the Conservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International Ecological Study


Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations

SCRFA Hong Kong Hong Kong D

Society for the Preservation of the Natural History Collections

SPNHC 1985 New York NY USA G

Society of Chemical Industry

SCI 1881 London UK G t

Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business

SOCAP International 1973 Goodyear AZ USA G t

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC 1979 Brussels Belgium F v

Society of International Business Fellows

SIBF 1981 Atlanta GA USA C

Society of Professional Economists

SPE 1953 Andover UK G tv

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

STLE 1944 Park Ridge IL USA C

Sodium Sulphate Producers Association

SSPA Brussels Belgium E

SOFICATRA - European Group for the Development of Participative Enterprises

1993 Brussels Belgium F ef

Software and Information Industry Association

SIIA 1999 Washington DC USA G t

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Solar Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

Solar Heat Europe

ESTIF 1992 Brussels Belgium D t

SolarPower Europe

1985 Brussels Belgium D


Hainau Germany C


1969 Utrecht Netherlands F

Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1928 Geneva Switzerland E

Soroptimist International of the Americas

SIA 1921 Philadelphia PA USA E

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

South Asia Democratic Forum

SADF 2011 Brussels Belgium F

South Asian Federation of Exchanges

SAFE 2000 D

Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives


Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture

SEARCA 1966 Los Baños Philippines E gy

Southern African Association for the Conference Industry

SAACI Parklands South Africa N t

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

SANCCOB 1968 Cape Town South Africa G f

Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering

SAIIE Johannesburg South Africa N jt

Southern African Institute of Forestry

SAIF 1968 Menlo Park South Africa G j

Southern African Natural Products Trade Association

PhytoTrade Africa 2001 London UK D t

Southern African Online User Group

SAOUG Pretoria South Africa E

Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters

SHAFFE Brussels Belgium D

Space for Giants

Nanyuki Kenya G

Special Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Duties on Textiles Manufactured from Rayon or from other Artificial or Synthetic Fibres

1965 T g

Spirit of Enterprise Group

1991 Brussels Belgium G


1993 Brussels Belgium D t

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Sporting Goods Industry Data Harmonization Organization

SGIDHO 1997 Bern Switzerland D

Stamp Out Poverty

2002 London UK G y

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy