The CSCP was created as an international non-profit 'think tank' and 'do tank', in a collaboration between the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Founded in 2005, the CSCP's professional 'Inner and Outer Planet' team has rapidly grown to experts from over 30 countries and more than 15 disciplines. Building on its broad range of work the CSCP has established three thematic teams. Additionally, it hosts the SWITCH-Asia Network Facility funded by the European Commission supporting projects in more than 19 countries. The Centre provides scientific support to clients from the private and the public sector, such as UNEP and other organisations in the field of SCP. This support includes the development, testing, implementation and monitoring of concrete projects, especially in developing countries, which enables these countries to leapfrog to sustainable consumption and production patterns using life cycle thinking and regional perspectives as guiding principles. The ways in which products and services are delivered to our doors have become increasingly complex and global. Actions taken by designers, producers and consumers are all interlinked and can affect each other, and the global environment, in far-reaching ways. For instance, decisions taken by producers about the design of a product may have repercussions for the consumer in terms of the negative environmental effects that result from the use of the product. In the same way, decisions taken by consumers located on one side of the world might influence producers and communities on the other side. The challenge is to manage these interdependencies in a way that advances human development without causing harm to the environment. The CSCP was established in order to meet this challenge.