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.

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.

  • Impact & Learning Advisor – Green Finance

    Are you looking for a job where you can influence investment in regenerative agriculture, restoration, and protection of natural ecosystems, smallholders, and rural communities, by tracking impact and sharing lessons?…

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    Impact & Learning Advisor – Green Finance
  • Program Manager – Value Chain Transformation

    Program Manager Value Chain Transformation Kenya Are you a business-minded manager with strong business advisory skills and program design experience? Do you have a thorough understanding…

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    Program Manager – Value Chain Transformation
  • Communications Manager – Indonesia

    Are you passionate about inspiring people around the world about sustainable development? Can you create stories that connect with and engage people through a variety of platforms and channels? Are…

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    Communications Manager – Indonesia
  • Program Director – Indonesia

    Are you ready to join an organisation where you can make an extraordinary impact? Are you looking for a position where you get the chance to be innovating and creative?…

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    Program Director – Indonesia
  • HR Officer – Utrecht, Netherlands

    Are you looking for an HR position where you will experience and contribute to a thriving HR team by crunching numbers with us and setting up squeaky clean admin systems?…

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    HR Officer – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Program Manager Landscape Portfolio Development – Indonesia

    Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact? Do you want to be part of the discussion and get to work towards sustainable trade…

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    Program Manager Landscape Portfolio Development – Indonesia

Temporary contract assignments

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