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.

  • Program Director Cocoa Markets

    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 Cocoa Markets
  • Senior Innovation Manager Technology

    Do you get energy from supporting supply chains to address inequality, reduce poverty, decrease the environmental footprint and mitigate and adapt to climate change? Do you want to strengthen IDH…

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    Senior Innovation Manager Technology
  • Corporate Recruiter

    IDH is growing and therefore we are hiring a Corporate Recruiter to join our HR team in Utrecht. If you work for IDH you are working for an international NGO,…

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    Corporate Recruiter
  • Country Manager Cameroon

    Are you motivated to apply your critical analytical and relationship skills to improve the cocoa production in Cameroon? We are looking for a Country Manager Cameroon who can be an…

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    Country Manager Cameroon
  • Landscape Coordinator, Green Commodity Landscape Program

    Do you get energy from convening meetings and fostering partnerships? We are looking for a Coordinator for the Green Commodity Landscape Program in Cameroon. This position will give you the…

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    Landscape Coordinator, Green Commodity Landscape Program
  • M&E Advisor

    Do you want to help develop and implement the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) strategy of IDH? Do you get energy from supporting program teams to improve their M&E tools…

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    M&E Advisor

Temporary contract assignments

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