Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Sustainable consumption and production aims to do more and better with less, increasing net welfare gains from economic activities that reduce resource use, degradation and pollution.
This SDG has several 2030 targets to which every company can contribute. These targets aim to achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources; halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains; achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil; substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse; encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycles; ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information to live sustainable lives; and rationalize inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption.
Every Future-Fit Business must avoid slowing down progress toward this SDG by:
Using water in an environmentally responsible and socially equitable way and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that business operations do not undermine the ability of local communities to access fresh water for drinking and sanitation.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 02
Using natural resources that derive from sources that respect communities, ecosystems and animals.
This ensures that any natural resources the business relies on (e.g. those embedded in its products) are obtained without degrading the environment (e.g. maintaining healthy soils and resource stocks).Learn more about Break-Even Goal 03
Procurement of goods and services does not hinder progress.
The environmental and social footprints of a company’s supply chain affect society’s progress towards many of the global challenges that the SDGs seek to address. By taking steps to increase the fitness of its supply chain, the company encourages actions that support the related SDGs.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 04
Eliminating operational emissions that harm people or the environment and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
this ensures that business operations do not emit harmful substances into air (e.g. chemicals that impact people’s health), land (e.g. hazardous pesticides) and water (e.g. toxic spills).Learn more about Break-Even Goal 05
Operational waste is eliminated and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that food and other biological waste is eliminated across the value chain (through prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling).Learn more about Break-Even Goal 07
Informing customers about products to promote responsible use.
This ensures that customers have all relevant information necessary to make sustainable consumption choices.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 15
Product concerns are actively solicited, impartially judged and transparently addressed
Sustainable consumption and production aims to do more and better with less, increasing net welfare gains from economic activities that reduce resource use, degradation and pollution.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 16
Ensuring products do not harm people or the environment.
This ensures that products do not cause harm as a likely consequence of their use, and that products do not release substances that (a) directly impact people’s health, or (b) indirectly do so by disrupting ecosystems.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 17
Designing products to be repurposed.
This ensures that end-of-life product components do not end up as waste, but rather as reusable resources, thus increasing resource efficiency in consumption.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 19
Investing in assets that do not hinder progress.
The environmental and social footprints of a company’s investments affect society’s progress towards many of the global challenges that the SDGs seek to address. By taking steps to increase the fitness of its financial assets, the company encourages actions that support the related SDGs.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 23
Any Future-Fit Business may actively speed up progress toward this SDG by:
Ensuring others contribute less to water stress.
Reducing the amount of water required for production contributes to lowering the environmental impacts of the global economy.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 03
Ensuring others depend less on inadequately-managed natural resources.
Increasing resource efficiency reduces resource demand and thereby the negative impacts associated with the harvesting or mining of new resources.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 05
Ensuring others generate fewer harmful emissions.
Reducing harmful emissions associated with the production and consumption of goods and services reduces the associated adverse effects on human health and the environment.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 08
Ensuring others generate less waste.
Reducing waste generation in consumption and production contributes to lowering the environmental impacts of the global economy.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 10
Ensuring people's capabilities are strengthened.
Ensuring people have the relevant information and awareness needed to make informed decisions and supporting people who desire to eliminate their contributions to negative impacts through their consumption choices.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 17
Encouraging market mechanisms to be strengthened in pursuit of future-fitness.
Encouraging companies to integrate social and environmental information into their reporting cycles increases information flows and supports informed decision making in consumption and investment.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 23
Aligning social norms to increasingly support the pursuit of future-fitness.
Ensuring people have access to information that makes it easier to make more socially and environmentally conscious choices to facilitate changes in consumption patterns.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 24
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