With integrity, competency, and collaboration at our core, the CSCP empowers people to give rise to impactful, visionary change across the globe.
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In 2005, The CSCP emerged from a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.
We are an international nonprofit whose focus is the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP). Since its inception, the CSCP has played an important role in working along with United Nations’ Member States towards a more sustainable future, focusing more recently on the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals set out in 2015.
In the video on the left Klaus Töpfer, Peter Hennicke and Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker speak about co-founding the CSCP.
The Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production catalyses change through a collaborative and inclusive approach along the following areas of expertise: Products & Services, Cities & Infrastructure, Policy, Lifestyles & Behaviour, and Business & Entrepreneurship. Read more about our topics and case studies on our topics page.
Within these topics we offer our Think and Do services, working in tandem with diverse organisations across the globe. Together we envision our future by identifying, developing, and scaling-up promising sustainable practices in order to help achieve our shared aspiration of a sustainable and resilient future.
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Our Core Values
Integrity and authenticity drive everything we do. We feel a profound responsibility for this world, and we strive to lead by example, endeavouring to collaborate with all the relevant actors in the decision-making processes. We strongly believe that taking ownership is critical to achieving meaningful and long-lasting change. We strive to empower people, political institutions, and organisations to achieve tangible sustainable impacts with positive global ripple effects. Without a vision of the future, one cannot map the path forward. We aspire to harness innovation and pioneer better paths to a sustainable future.
We support policy-makers in finding an effective mix of policy instruments in order to encourage business and community participation in sustainable consumption and production. We help them to exemplify best practice through their procurement and actions.
We show businesses the importance of collaborative and transparent practices by demonstrating the business case for achieving SCP patterns along the global value chain as well as emphasising the market opportunities of social entrepreneurship.
We work with retailers to build upon their direct consumer relations and influence consumer knowledge and behaviour. Through life-cycle management, we help retailers to galvanise change within their supply chains. We help consumers acknowledge the consequences of consumption choices and recognise their responsibility.
We partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) involving them in the policy and research discussion as they are uniquely positioned to bring together and influence diverse groups within transformational change initiatives.
The CSCP is comprised of four teams. Three are structured around our topics: The Sustainable Lifestyles (SL Team), the Sustainable Infrastructure, Products, and Services (SIPS Team), and the Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE Team). The fourth team is CSCP’s enabler team, whose senior consultants provide project support with expert knowledge and skills, as well as IT, creative, and project acquisition.
Our organisation is fluid, and interdisciplinary teams are drawn together from across the groups, depending on the focus and expertise needed for the project at hand. Meet some of our staff below on video, or visit our team page.
"WRAP are delighted to partner with the CSCP to find ways of transferring the collaborative approach to food waste measurement and prevention in the UK to Germany. Together with the CSCP we want to find innovative ways to decrease food waste in Germany with a broad coalition of companies, civil society actors, political institutions and scientific institutes."
David Rogers, International Food Waste Programme Manager, WRAP