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

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B ty

World Farriers' Association

WFA 1984 Albuquerque NM USA D

World Federation of Building Service Contractors

WFBSC 1979 Chicago IL USA C y

World Federation of Chinese Catering Industry

WFCCI 1991 Beijing China D t

World Federation of Diamond Bourses

WFDB 1947 Antwerp Belgium D

World Federation of Direct Selling Associations

WFDSA 1972 Washington DC USA C

World Federation of Exchanges

WFE 1961 London UK C

World Federation of Industrial Research Associations

W-FIRA 2013 Brussels Belgium C t

World Federation of Master Tailors

WFMT 1910 C

World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations

World OKTA 1981 Goyang Korea Rep D t

World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

WFSGI 1978 Itingen Switzerland C t

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fish Migration Foundation

Groningen Netherlands G f

World Forum for Alternatives

WFA 1997 Dakar Senegal F y

World Franchise Council

WFC 1994 Giza Egypt F

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Healthcare Forum Foundation

2012 The Hague Netherlands J f

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1972 Paris France E g

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g

World Human Accountability Organization

WHAO 2016 New York NY USA G

World Industry Network

WIN 2003 Amsterdam Netherlands E t

World Institute of Science

WIS 1991 Villeneuve-l'Archevêque France F j

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Exeter UK F

World Iodine Association

WIA Ternat Belgium D y

World Land Trust

WLT 1989 Halesworth UK G

World Master Chefs Society

1947 Grays UK D

World Naked Bike Ride

WNBR N

World Natural Health Organization

WNHO 1983 Burlington WA USA G

World Organization of Dredging Associations

WODA 1967 Delft Netherlands E y

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern Switzerland K

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna Austria C y

World Paint and Coatings Industry Association

WPCIA 1976 J t

World PCO Alliance

Tokyo Japan D

World Pheasant Association

WPA 1975 Hexham UK E v

World Plastics Council

WPC 2014 Washington DC USA C y

World Resources Forum Association

WRFA 2012 St Gallen Switzerland E y

World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association

WR3A 2004 Middlebury VT USA N

World Savings Banks Institute

WSBI 1994 Brussels Belgium F jy

World Seabird Union

WSU 2010 Clemson SC USA C y

World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products

WSMBMP 1994 Shanghai China C v

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Sturgeon Conservation Society

WSCS 2003 Neu Wulmstorf Germany D

World Taxpayers Associations

WTA 1988 London UK B

World Tort Law Society

WTLS 2012 Vienna Austria C

World Trade Point Federation

WTPF 2000 D t

World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises

WUSME 2010 San Marino San Marino C

World Union of Wholesale Markets

WUWM 1958 The Hague Netherlands E

World Waterpark Association

WWA 1980 Overland Park KS USA G

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