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

European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future

e5 1996 Munich Germany D y

European Business Council for Africa

EBCAM 1973 Brussels Belgium F y

European Business Ethics Network

EBEN 1987 Roubaix F

European Business History Association

EBHA 1994 Frankfurt-Main Germany D v

European Business Initiative on Taxation

EBIT 2001 Amsterdam Netherlands J

European Business Institute

Galway Ireland G j

European Business Organisation Worldwide Network

EBO WWN 2001 Brussels F

European Business Press

EBP 1962 Ljubljana Slovenia D

European Business School, Dublin

EBS 1993 Dublin Ireland G

European Business School, London

EBS London 1979 London UK G

European Business Schools Librarians's Group

EBSLG 1970 Ghent Belgium D

European Business Services Alliance

EBSA Brussels Belgium D y

European Business Summit

EBS Brussels F

European Calcium Silicate Producers Association

ECSPA 1989 Brussels Belgium D

European Carbon and Graphite Association

ECGA 1995 Brussels D

European Casino Association

ECA Brussels Belgium D

European Center for Sustainable Finance

ECCE Maastricht Netherlands G

European Centre for Heritage Crafts and Professions

1976 Thiene Italy E gt

European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law

ECTIL 1999 Vienna Austria E v

European Ceramic Industry Association

CERAME-UNIE 1962 Brussels Belgium E ty

European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Federation

CET 1959 Brussels Belgium E

European Certification Board for Mineral Wool Products

EUCEB 2000 Brussels Belgium D

European Cetacean Society

ECS 1987 Koper Slovenia D v

European Chamber

EuCham 2010 Gorizia Italy J

European Chamber of Commerce Taipei

ECCT 1988 Taipei Taiwan N

European Charities' Committee on Value-Added Tax

ECCVAT 1992 London E y

European Chemical Regions Network

ECRN 2004 Brussels Belgium D

European Chilled Food Federation

ECFF 1991 Rome Italy D

European Chlorinated Solvent Association

ECSA 1989 Brussels Belgium E

European Cleaning and Facility Services Industry

EFCI 1988 Brussels Belgium D t

European Club of Companies

Roubaix France G

European Coal Combustion Products Association

ECOBA 1990 Essen Germany D

European Coalition for Corporate Justice

ECCJ 2005 Brussels Belgium F y

European Coffee Federation

ECF 1980 Brussels Belgium E

European Committee for Process Equipment and Plant Manufacturers

EUCHEMAP 1965 Frankfurt-Main Germany E

European Committee of Electrical Installation Equipment Manufacturers

CECAPI 1991 Brussels Belgium E

European Committee of Environmental Technology Suppliers Associations

EUCETSA 1999 Brussels Belgium E

European Committee of Forging and Stamping Industries

1953 Hagen Germany E t

European Committee of Machinery Manufacturers for the Plastics and Rubber Industries

EUROMAP 1964 D t

European Committee of Organic Surfactants and their Intermediates

1974 Brussels E

European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers

1952 Zurich Switzerland D

European Committee of the Manufacturers of Fire Protection Equipment and Fire Fighting Vehicles

1969 Würzburg Germany D

European Commodities Exchange

1961 Strasbourg France F

European Community of Consumer Cooperatives

EURO COOP 1957 Brussels Belgium D

European Community Shipowners' Associations

ECSA 1965 Brussels E

European Company Lawyers Association

ECLA 1983 Brussels Belgium D

European Composite Industry Forum

ECIF Leusden Netherlands N t

European Composites Industry Association

EuCIA 1960 Brussels Belgium D ty

European Confederation of Business Centre Associations

EUROCBCA 2007 Brussels Belgium D

European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations

ECCO 1991 Brussels Belgium D y

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