Who we are and what we do

IDH is a unique organization. We work with large private businesses on a global scale, while at the same time striving to make real progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Climate change, deforestation and poverty are global challenges that go beyond the reach of individual companies or governments. Public-private cooperation is essential to solving them.

IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative brings together governments, companies, CSOs and financiers in action-driven coalitions. These coalitions combine together the powers of law, entrepreneurship and investments to create business-driven solutions for pressing sustainability issues.

Sector by sector and region by region, we design, (co)finance and implement sustainable action plans through our coalitions. We believe that sustainable impact is only possible when there’s a functioning market and a viable business case for (smallholder) producers, traders, buyers, financiers and others to drive sustainability from niche to norm.

IDH works with over 600 companies, CSOs, financial institutions, producer organizations and governments in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes in over 40 countries worldwide – and these numbers are growing all the time. There’s still a lot to do, and we’re always challenging ourselves to achieve more and get better. Read more about IDH.

Key Facts

  • 2008

    Year founded

  • 250


  • 50


  • 600+

    Companies, governments and organizations we work with

  • 40+

    countries world wide

Life at IDH

We are an ambitious, international team from all around the world. Spread throughout South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, our team hails from a multitude of locations, cultures, lifestyles and backgrounds. It’s our differences that make us effective. And it’s our shared belief in IDH’s core values that binds us together.

We are as enthusiastic about building partnerships and creating sustainable impact as we are about team building, both in and outside the office. We work hard, we help each other, we’re transparent about our failures and proud of our successes. And when you work as hard as we do, it’s important to have fun doing it. IDH’s culture is characterized by its fast pace, collaboration and direct feedback. We have no time for office politics or discrimination of any kind. We’re all about connecting – not only with companies, CSOs and governments but also with each other.


Vacancies at IDH

If we currently have open vacancies you can find them here.

  • Senior Program Manager – Alternate Materials

    Are you a leader that wants to play a part in ensuring that we can deliver? Do you have a background in materials for the Apparel and textiles industry with…

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    Senior Program Manager – Alternate Materials
  • Senior Program Officer: Value Chain Development

    Are you passionate about driving sustainability in the private sector, and do you have a business mindset? Do you want to work with forward–thinking companies, developing inclusive and sustainable sourcing…

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    Senior Program Officer: Value Chain Development
  • Insights Marketeer

    Will you become IDH’s first growth hacker and drive how IDH can best share its data-driven insights? Then you might be our new Insights Marketeer! The role As an Insights…

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    Insights Marketeer
  • Country Director IDH India

    Starting engagements in India in 2013, IDH has since established strong partnerships with businesses, government and NGOs working on cotton, tea, spices, fruits & vegetables, apparel/footwear. In 2020, IDH India…

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    Country Director IDH India
  • Product Manager – SourceUp

    Do you have experience as Product owner/content manager? Are you looking for a job with real impact? Would you like to contribute to an exciting new platform aimed at accelerating…

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    Product Manager – SourceUp
  • Senior Program Manager Cocoa & Forests

    IDH is looking for a Senior Program Manager Cocoa & Forests to lead our environmental agenda in the cocoa sector. This position will give you the chance to collaborate closely with our…

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    Senior Program Manager Cocoa & Forests

Temporary contract assignments

If we currently have open assignments you can find them here.