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.

  • Country Director – IDH

    2020 saw the ‘soft launch’ of IDH in the UK. We hosted a series of learning sessions covering topics such as living wage, living income and deforestation free supply chains,…

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    Country Director – IDH
  • Program Manager – Textile & Manufacturing

    Program Manager – Textile & Manufacturing for IDH Vietnam IDH – The sustainable trade initiative Do you have a strong background in program management in environmental and/or social sustainability and…

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    Program Manager – Textile & Manufacturing
  • Program officer

    Do you like monitoring complex international projects and programs? Are you a star in supporting your teams with the development of new programs and projects? And would you like to…

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    Program officer
  • Senior Innovation Officer – Farmfit Intelligence Centre (Maternity Cover for 6 months)

    Are you a hands-on professional with work experience in agriculture who wants to further her/his career in an international organization that works on developing sustainable trade globally? Are you a…

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    Senior Innovation Officer – Farmfit Intelligence Centre (Maternity Cover for 6 months)
  • Technical Assistance Facility Project Lead

    Do you have experience in the field of supply chain companies, sustainable land management and investment, and are you looking for a pioneering role where you make investment in sustainable…

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    Technical Assistance Facility Project Lead
  • M&E Advisor landscapes

    We are excited to be searching for a proactive and pragmatic M&E Advisor with an interest in supply chain sustainability to join our team, and we hope it’s you! About…

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    M&E Advisor landscapes

Temporary contract assignments

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