Sustainable consumption facts & trends: From a business perspective

This document takes stock of recent developments and trends in global consumption patterns. It presents an overview of documented facts and trends on the relationship between business activities, consumer behavior, and environmental and social challenges.

The primary purpose of this paper is to stimulate further discussion among businesses and to be used in dialogue with stakeholders. We have used existing data from a variety of sources, including intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, academics, consumer groups and businesses, including our own members. In all cases, we have sought to use the best data available.

This document has been developed by the WBCSD’s Business Role Focus Area and members of the Consumers & Sustainable Consumption workstream:

  • adidas;
  • BCSD Argentina;
  • Coca-Cola;
  • EDF;
  • General Motors;
  • Henkel;
  • Interface;
  • KPMG;
  • Nokia;
  • Pakistan State Oil;
  • Philips;
  • Procter & Gamble;
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers;
  • Sony;
  • Teijin;
  • Umicore;
  • Weyerhaeuser.

The Business Role Focus Area aims to engage, equip and mobilize business leaders to demonstrate the evolving role of business in a sustainable society. Dialogues with stakeholders around the world have confirmed that society expects business to act, and that leading businesses of the future will be those with products and services that address society’s most urgent challenges


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