A Forum for Promoting Sustainable Business and Consumption
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The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption is themed 'Green Economy - from intention to action.'

SusCon – the 3rd  International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption – will be taking place from November, 27-28, 2012 in the UN City of Bonn. The conference theme, “Green Economy – from intention to action”, will emphasize the importance of business. It will consider which economic model we should adopt for the future and what, in practice, constitutes a “green economy”? Using the examples of various value chains – especially in the sectors of food, textiles, wood and paper products – important issues will be discussed and concrete solutions developed. In this way, the entire lifecycle of selected products will be examined. Other topics that will also be discussed include the role played by consumers, resource efficiency, and fair “benefit sharing” investments in the remaining natural water, land and forest resources.


Several prestigious organizations, such as CSCP – UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), the Rainforest Alliance, and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), have joined the conference network. These collaborators will be working alongside Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In this year of Rio+20, SusCon will bring together businesses with relevant stakeholders from government, UN organizations, and NGOs. Participants will be from consumer goods industries and retailers, small to multinational businesses, financial institutions, scientific and technology providers, governmental and UN organizations, NGOs and initiatives.

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