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

VMware User Group

VMUG 2010 Franklin TN USA C

Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies

Wassenaar Arrangement 1996 Vienna Austria F g

Waste Free Oceans

WFO Brussels Belgium F

Water Europe

WE 2004 Brussels Belgium E y

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK G

We Mean Business

Washington DC USA J y

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G

WEEELABEX Organisation

2013 Prague Czechia E

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West African Industrial Forum

S ct

West African Insurance Companies Association

WAICA 1973 Accra Ghana D g

West African Network of Farmers' Organizations and Agricultural Producers

2000 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F

West African Union of Tax Institutes

WAUTI Abuja Nigeria D

West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers' Association Inc

WIRSPA St Michael Barbados D

West-Nordic Foundation

1987 Reykjavik Iceland F fg

Western Business and Management Association

WBM 2002 Turlock CA USA N

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B


Brussels Belgium D

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC Chippenham UK G

Wheat Protein Association

1979 Brussels Belgium G

Whitney R Harris World Ecology Center

1990 St Louis MO USA G

WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

GNAFCC 2010 Geneva Switzerland F y

WikiRate Project

2013 F


San Francisco CA USA G

Wildcare Africa Trust

1986 Lynn East South Africa G

Wildcat Foundation

Alexandria VA USA G f

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

WWT 1946 Slimbridge UK G

Wildlife Conservation Global

Jacksonville FL USA G

Wildlife Conservation Network

WCN 2002 San Francisco CA USA G

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS 1895 New York NY USA G

Wildlife Disease Association

WDA 1951 Moorpark CA USA C v

Women's Enterprises International

WEI 1999 Seattle WA USA G

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 Denman Is BC Canada G

Working Committee of the Malting Industry of the EU

1959 Brussels Belgium E t

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E


1997 Lewes UK N

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Apostolate of Fatima

Blue Army 1947 Fatima Portugal R

World Apple and Pear Association

WAPA 2001 Brussels Belgium C t

World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises

WASME 1980 Noida India B

World Association for Sustainable Development

WASD 2003 London UK C

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin Germany B yt

World Association of Soil and Water Conservation

WASWAC 1983 Beijing China B

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA 1946 Barcelona Spain C y

World Atlatl Association

WAA 1987 Cheyenne WY USA F v

World Bank - WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use

WB - WWF Forest Alliance 1998 Washington DC USA E