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

The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs

1925 T g

The ICCF Group

Washington DC USA F fy

The International Conference Series on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services

MobileHCI S c

The International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades

IFEAT 1977 London UK C t

The Long Run

2009 London UK J

The Nature Conservancy

TNC 1951 Arlington VA USA G

The Reef-World Foundation

RWF Brynteg UK G f

The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative

Vienna Austria G

The Sustainable Trade Initiative

IDH 2008 Utrecht Netherlands F f

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Third Millennium Foundation

3MF 1987 Paciano Italy F f

Third Protocol to the Central American Agreement on Fiscal Incentives to Industrial Development

1977 T g

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

TIME Association

1989 Gif-sur-Yvette France F

Tire Industry Association

TIA 2002 Bowie MD USA G t

Toilet Board Coalition

TBC 2015 Geneva Switzerland C

Tomorrow People Organization

2002 Belgrade Serbia G

Tool and Trades History Society

TATHS 1983 Totnes UK N t

Tools for Self Reliance

1978 Southampton UK G

Toy Industries of Europe

TIE 1997 Brussels Belgium D t

Trade Union International of Chemical, Energy, Metal, Oil and Allied Industries


Trade Unions International of Agriculture, Food, Commerce, Textile and Allied Industries

1996 Montreuil France B t

Trades Union International of Workers in the Building, Wood, Building Materials and Allied Industries

UITBB 1949 Nicosia Cyprus B ty


2006 Dublin Ireland G

Trans-Atlantic Business Council

TABC 2013 Washington DC USA E

Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue

TACD 1998 London UK F y

transform! europe

transform Vienna Austria E y

Transnational Giving Europe

TGE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network

TAP Network New York NY USA F y

Treaty on Patents of Invention, Industrial Drawings and Models and Trademarks

1902 T g

Treaty Respecting Literary, Artistic and Industrial Property

1901 T g


1997 Brussels Belgium G

Trilateral Commission

TC 1973 Paris France F v

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g


1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g

True Animal Protein Price Coalition

TAPPC 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Trust Fund for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Trust Fund Nairobi Kenya K fg

Turfgrass Producers International

TPI 1967 East Dundee IL USA N

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f


1990 Gillingham UK G

UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

1925 Levallois-Perret France B yt


1971 Montréal QC Canada E

Ultrasonic Industry Association

UIA 1956 Dayton OH USA N t

UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UNEP-WCMC 2000 Cambridge UK E g

UN Nutrition

2020 Rome Italy E y

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods and Construction

1993 Vienna Austria T g

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services

1994 Vienna Austria T g

UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

COFFI 1947 Geneva Switzerland E gt