Cooperative movement as a people-centered and people-driven industry should envision a poverty and hunger free community, ensuring heathy lives for their members and well-being for local communities, building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, fostering innovation, ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, sustaining the interregional partnerships. These goals of cooperation come along with the Sustainable Development Goals. However, in the era of global economic metamorphosis, cooperation is being transformed from the person's initial ambition of mutual assistance to collaboration in the organisation of modern forms of management. The goals set by traditional cooperatives, namely the solution of the social problems of their members, access to resources, credit and technology, the reduction of transaction costs are not sufficient anymore to ensure sustainable development of modern cooperative ventures. The modern cooperative infrastructure faces new tasks of profit making while improving the quality of products and strengthening market positions, which makes the commercial component inevitably important across other cooperative tasks. This conference is called to raise up the discussion about the modern cooperatives fitting well in the system of sustainable development goals and contributing to the sustainable development societies as a whole.
The main issues to be discussed at the conference are related to the latest modern trends in cooperation in developed, developing and transition countries.
Theoretical, empirical and experimental methods in Economics, complemented by approaches of other field specialists working in topics of Cooperation, are expected, moving the debate forward.