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

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 Disease Association

WDA 1951 Moorpark CA USA C v

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 G

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 Nanjing China 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

World Batik Council

Seri Kembangan Malaysia C

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Business Academy

1986 Santa Barbara CA USA F

World Business Angels Investment Forum


World Business Associates

WBA 1979 Bethesda MD USA E v

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Business Institute

WBI 2000 Melbourne VIC Australia N j

World Business Transformation Forum

WBTF 2003 Alphen aan den Rijn Netherlands G

World Cargo Alliance

WCA 1998 Las Vegas NV USA D

World Chambers Federation

WCF 1950 Paris France E

World Computing Services Industry Congress

London UK S ct

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

WCGALP 1974 S c

World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism

Paris France K

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Crafts Council AISBL

WCC International 1964 Safat Kuwait B

World Diamond Council

WDC 2000 New York NY USA E

World Economy, Ecology and Development

WEED 1990 Berlin Germany G

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Egg Organisation