19th IRDO International Conference INNOVATIVE, SUSTAINABLE and SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY 2024: ESG (environmental, social, governance) aspects in theory and practice & Learning and action for sustainability and green transition. The conference is also the 4th IRDO & Citizens’ Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia Conference.
12th-13th June 2024, Slovenia, EU, ONLINE,,
 Conference venue: ONLINE via ZOOM  Official language: English
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

You are kindly invited to participate at the 19th IRDO International Conference INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE and SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY 2024: ESG (environmental, social, governance) aspects in theory and practice & Learning and action for sustainability and green transition, to be held on 12-13 June 2024, online, as authors of papers or as members of active audience.  The conference SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY 2024 is also the 4th IRDO & Citizens’ Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia Conference. Organizers are IRDO – Institute for the Development of Social Responsibility, University of Maribor, Citizens’ Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia, and Science and Research Centre Koper.

UN Global activities within Agenda 2030 and its 17 sustainability development goals (UN, 2015) provide significant incentives to change our world. Paris Agreement, signed in 2015 focuses on climate change and our impacts on them (UNFCC, 2015). From 2019, the EU is focusing its policies, legislation, and practices towards green transition (European Council, 2019).

Yet changes are slow, and some targets have experienced no progress or, even worse, regression below the 2015 baseline, as stated in The Sustainable Development Goals Report (UN, 2023). Today we face a triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. We have transgressed many planetary safe zonesNone of the environmental SDGs and the main internationally agreed environmental goals (e.g. Paris Agreement) will be achieved. The prospects for achieving the social and economic SDGs are also bleak. On the other hand, solutions that are already being implemented bring opportunities for the well-being of all.

The environmental, social, and governance aspects of our daily lives are guiding us towards fostering awareness about our lifestyle choices, identifying challenges, and recognizing their long-term consequences. The call for sustainable engagement, transparent reporting, and responsible governance necessitates the adoption of innovative tools, methodologies, and standards. Consideration of the double materiality matrix, value chain, ESG KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), internal organizational structure, and effective communication of social responsibility and sustainability is crucial. Our transformation extends beyond business models, reflecting an increasing awareness of our responsibility towards the Earth, ourselves, and future generations.

50 years after the Club of Rome report The Limits to Growth (Meadows et al., 1972), several of the world’s leading experts and institutions have produced a new report: Earth for All – A Survival Guide to Humanity – Earth4All (Dixson-Declève et al., 2022). They concluded that despite warnings, it is possible, desirable, and even essential to be optimistic about our collective future: the next decade must see the fastest economic transformation in history, the Giant Leap scenario. To help humanity avert ecological and social catastrophe, societies must adopt unprecedented and immediate systemic action across five interconnected turnarounds: poverty, inequality, empowerment, food, and energy. The possibilities to implement this scenario will be explored from the global, European, and Slovenian perspectives, with a special focus on the ongoing European green transition, here.

Effective implementation of ambitious policies for green transition requires empowerment in sustainability competencies to help humans develop agency, and form a knowledge basis for everyone who cares about our planet’s present and future state. Where do we stand in this respect – as local, national, European, and global communities, and as individuals? How far have our educational and other informative systems reached on this path, and how can we support these processes?

Action and learning for a more innovative, sustainable, and socially responsible society are urgent. By joining the conference, you will help to co-create the scientific-based wisdom for renewing our unsustainable systems, from societies and communities to businesses and ourselves.

Therefore, we kindly invite you to participate in the conference to share your experiences, views, and suggestions with researchers, top consultants, experts, and experienced practitioners from around the globe. Young authors and students are warmly welcome.

 Contribute, join us and report on your findings and suggestions, please.

Conference themes:
  • ESG (environmental, social, governance) aspects in theory and practice
  • Learning and action for sustainability and green transition
Conference subtopics:
  • Earth for All: Economic transformation for sustainability and turnarounds in poverty, inequality, empowerment, food, and energy systems,
  • Legislation and international documents,ESG focused education,Sustainable business models (ESG) in practice,
  • Systems thinking and systems innovations for the transition to a fairer, greener economy and society,
  • Learning and education for sustainability and green transition, including reforms for a green transition in educational systems,
  • and all other topics, relevant for a transition to the innovative sustainable and socially responsible society,
  • AI: a tool for communication or control, even abuse?
  • and more.
  • 12 January 2024– Call for abstracts and papers
  • 30 March 2024 Abstract submission
  • 10 April 2024 Information of acceptance
  • 30 April 2024 Paper submission
  • 10 May 2024 Conference programme
  • 12-13 June 2024 IRDO 2024 International Conference

You are kindly invited!

Program and Organizational Committees of the 19th IRDO Conference

Invitation for author papers:

We kindly invite you to present original papers and report about your contributions and plans in creating a local or global, scientific, or applied way out of the current crisis towards a more balanced, innovative, sustainable, and socially responsible way of living and working! Every viewpoint matters. So far, over 1.500 authors from all over the world have participated in eighteen IRDO conferences. Previous conference proceedings can be freely acquired here:

Abstracts shall contain up to 250 words (12-15 lines) and be complemented by up to 6 keywords. Authors submitting relevant abstracts will be invited to present short papers at the conference.

Short Papers should be 2 500-4 000 words long (5–8 pages). Conference papers will be double peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in an electronic book of papers (ISBN), the IRDO book series “Social Responsibility” and will be freely available.

Publishing of authors’ papers:

Selected conference papers may be adapted to full papers and invited for submission to scientific journals, e.g. Our Economy, or IRDO & ZRS Koper new scientific monography, issued in 2024. There they will undergo the journal/monography editorial processes.

Language: the official conference language is English.


The conference will last two days: 12–13 June 2024 ONLINE.

Registration fee

depends on the form of participation.

Online registration fee
Early bird

(until 30th April 2024)

(from 1st May 2024)
Participation form: 1 Day 2 Days 1 Day 2 Days
¨  Regular Author (individuals and companies) 60 € 100 € 90 € 150 €
¨  IRDO and affiliated organisations member, second and third paper and author of an accepted paper 50 € 80 € 70 € 120 €
¨  Registration fee for participants without author’s paper 30 € 50 € 45 € 75 €
¨  Students (under 30), unemployed or retired authors and/or participants For free For free For free For free

 You can register for:

¨ a single Day:    ¨ 12.6.2023        ¨ 13.6.2023

¨ both Days        (12.6.2023 & 13.6.2023)

 Donations and sponsorships:

  • Participants and organizations are kindly invited to support the Conference Organisation and implementation with their voluntary donations and/or sponsorships.
  • For this possibility, please contact . Thank you.

 Allocate 1 % of income tax for our work with youth:

Submission documents – 5 steps:

  1. See the document Call for papers: 2024 IRDO Conference Call for papers & 2024 IRDO konferenca Vabilo avtorjem
  2. Registration form (fulfill): 2024-IRDO-International-Conference-Registration-form
  3. Abstract/paper template (use):2024 IRDO International Conference – abstract and paper template 
  4. The Copyright statement (fulfill): 2024-IRDO-Copyright statement
  5. Send the documents as soon as possible to:
Organizer & Contact:

IRDO – Institute for the Development of Social Responsibility, Cesta 13. julija 65a, SI-1261 Ljubljana – Dobrunje, Slovenia, EU,
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