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

International Symposium for Production Research

ISPR 1997 S c

International Symposium Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries

S ct

International Symposium on Advanced Display Materials and Devices


International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in Energy and Minerals Production


International Symposium on Small Business

ISSB 1974 Seoul Korea Rep S c

International Symposium on Temperature and Thermal Measurements in Industry and Science


International Tax and Investment Center

1993 Washington DC USA E

International Tax Planning Association

ITPA 1975 London C v

International Technical Meeting of the Nuclear Industries

Basel Switzerland S ct

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva B g

International Telecommunications Users Group

INTUG 1974 Keerbergen Belgium F y

International Textile and Apparel Association

ITAA 1979 Cary NC USA G

International Textiles and Clothing Bureau

ITCB 1984 E gy

International Titanium Association

ITA 1984 Broomfield CO USA N

International Trade and Forfaiting Association

ITFA 1999 Zurich D t

International Trade Centre

ITC 1964 Geneva E gt

International Trade Union Alliance of Public Utilities, Local Industry and Services Workers

Moscow Russia D t

International Tree Foundation

ITF 1924 Oxford G f

International Tropical Timber Organization

ITTO 1985 Yokohama B g

International Trust for Nature Conservation

ITNC London UK N

International Tungsten Industry Association

ITIA 1988 London UK D t

International TVA Network

ITVA 2010 Copenhagen Denmark F

International Union for Combined Road - Rail Transport

UIRR 1970 Brussels F

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

IUCN 1948 Gland A y

International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade

The IU 1926 Santa Monica CA C t

International Union for the Protection of Industrial Property

Paris Union 1883 Geneva Switzerland F gt

International Union of Allied, Novelty and Production Workers

TOY Hillside IL USA G

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

IUAES 1948 Osaka B

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

BAC 1865 Washington DC USA G

International Union of Food Science and Technology

IUFoST 1970 Guelph ON Canada B y

International Union of Journeymen and Allied Trades

IUJAT 1874 Danbury CT USA G t

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

IUPAT 1887 Hanover MD USA G t

International Union of Property Owners

1923 Brussels Belgium C

International Union of Transgenics and Synthetic Biology

IUT 1996 Changzhou China D v

International University of Business Agriculture and Technology

IUBAT 1991 Dhaka Bangladesh G

International University of Business and New Technologies, Yaroslavl

IUBNT 1992 Yaroslavl Russia N

International Users Group of ISPO-certified organizations

IUG Rotterdam Netherlands E

International VAT Association

IVA 1993 D

International Ventilator Users Network


International Vienna Council

IVC 1979 Vienna Austria F

International Virtual Laboratory for Enterprise Interoperability

INTEROP-VLab 2007 Talence France F

International Whales Network

IWN 2008 Paciano Italy K

International Whaling Commission

IWC 1946 Impington C g

International Wheat Gluten Association

IWGA 1979 Overland Park KS USA G

International Wildlife Ranching and Conservation Alliance

IWRCA 2018 E

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, The

IWRC 1972 Eugene OR F

International Women's Federation of Commerce and Industry

IWFCI 1992 Melbourne VIC Australia G t

International Workcamps

1948 Hannover Germany G

International Working Conference on Stored-Product Protection

IWCSPP 1974 S c

International Workshop on Business Data Collection Methodology

BDCM Workshop 2006 S c