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

Protocole D'accord entre les Pays Producteurs de Café de la Zone Franc

1960 T g

Provisional Agreement Respecting the Whangpoo Conservancy

1912 T g

Provisions for a Unit of Account and Adjustment of Limitations of Liability

1982 T g

Proyectos de Innovación IBEROEKA

IBEROEKA 1991 Madrid Spain K g

PTA Reinsurance Company

ZEP-RE 1990 Nairobi Kenya F eg

Public Eye

1968 Zurich Switzerland G

Publish What You Pay Coalition

PWYP London UK F

Pulp and Paper Products Council

PPPC Montréal QC Canada F

Pure Earth

1999 New York NY USA F j

Purple Martin Conservation Association

1986 Erie PA USA N


1990 Washington DC G

Quadrilateral Group of Industrialized Economies

Quad Group F gt


1986 Zurich Switzerland D t

Quest International Users Group

1995 Lexington KY USA E

Quota International

QI 1919 Washington DC USA F

R and TTE Compliance Association

R and TTE CA D


Berlin Germany F

Rainforest Action Network

RAN 1985 San Francisco CA USA F

RAND Corporation

1948 Santa Monica CA USA G

Rank a Brand

2009 Amsterdam Netherlands G f


1973 Arlington VA USA G

Raymond Lemaire International Centre for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings

RLICC 1976 Leuven Belgium G


1972 Selkirk MB Canada C

Re-Use and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises

RREUSE 2001 Brussels D


Austin TX USA G

Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas de América Latina

RAP-AL 1983 Santiago Chile E

Red de Bolsas Agropecuarias de las Américas

INTERBOLSAS 2001 Coronado Costa Rica K

Red de Fondos Ambientales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe

RedLAC 1999 Santa Tecla El Salvador F y

Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe

J y

Red Latinoamericana de Composición de Alimentos

LATINFOODS Concepción Chile E

Red Latinoamericana de Quimica

RELAQ 1995 Mexico City Mexico F

Red Panda Network

RPN 2007 Eugene OR USA F

ReGeneration 2030

Mariehamn F

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


Newcastle NSW Australia F y