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

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 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 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 Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements

CITYNET 1987 Seoul F y

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 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

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N t

RET International

2000 Geneva F

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 Foundation

1980 Enskede F f

Right Sharing of World Resources

RSWR 1967 Richmond IN USA G


2002 Paris France G

Robert F Kennedy Human Rights

1988 New York NY USA G

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

RBF 1940 New York NY G f