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

Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production

SCP/RAC 1995 Barcelona Spain E g

Regional Agreement on the Temporary Importation of Vehicles by Highway

1956 T g

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Convention for the Management and Conservation of the Natural Forest Ecosystems and the Development of Forest Plantations

1993 T g

Regional Maritime University, Accra

RMU 1983 Accra Ghana E g

Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

PERSGA 1995 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F

Remanufacturing Institute

TRI 1997 Lewisburg PA USA G j

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

RHSC 2004 Brussels Belgium B y

Reputation Institute

RI 1997 Cambridge MA USA E j

Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy

1978 Brussels Belgium G

Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, Sydney

RIAP 1987 Sydney NSW Australia G j

Responsible Business Alliance

RBA 2004 G

Responsible Finance Forum

RFF 2009 S c

Responsible Jewellery Council

RJC 2005 London UK C y

Responsible Minerals Initiative

RMI 2008 Alexandria VA USA G y

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N t

Retail Industry Leaders Association

RILA 1966 Arlington VA USA G t

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

Revision of Agreement of Madrid of 14 Apr 1891 Concerning International Registration of Commercial and Industrial Trade Marks

1911 T g

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f


2002 Paris France G

Robert F Kennedy Human Rights

1988 New York NY USA G

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

RBF 1940 New York NY USA G f


1980 Zurich Switzerland F

Round Table on Responsible Soy Association

RTRS 2006 Zurich Switzerland C

Roundtable for Europe's Energy Future

REEF 2011 Brussels Belgium J

Rushworth Enterprise

1953 Crich UK N

SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry

SAARC CCI 1992 Islamabad Pakistan D t

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

SAFE Europe

1982 Tetbury UK D

Safe Food Advocacy Europe

SAFE 2015 Brussels Belgium D

Safina Center

2003 Stony Brook NY USA G

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f

Sales and Marketing Executives International

SMEI 1936 Sumas WA USA G

SAS Global Forum

1976 Cary NC USA N

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f

School and Cultural Help and Equipment

1993 Saint-Mesmin France G

School of European Business Media and Politics

EBMP 2006 Brussels Belgium N

School of Mining Industry and Geology

1982 Niamey Niger E g

Science Based Targets Network

2014 J y

Scientific Association of European Talc Industry

Eurotalc 1977 Brussels Belgium D t

Scientists for Global Responsibility

SGR 1992 Lancaster UK G v

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Turtle Conservancy

STC 1959 Gainesville FL USA G

Sea Watch Foundation

1991 Anglesey UK G fv

Seafood Importers and Processors Alliance

SIPA 2002 Kontich Belgium D

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E


2011 Westford MA USA G