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.

  • Data Analyst

    Are you a structured, supportive self-starter with experience in working with data? Do you get energy from analyzing data and creating actionable insights to drive impact in smallholder farmer livelihoods…

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    Data Analyst
  • Manager Accounting

    We are excited to be searching for an enthusiastic and reliable Manager Accounting to join our team, and we hope it’s you! Your role. We are looking for a high energy…

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    Manager Accounting
  • Program Manager Materials – Cotton

    Are you passionate about sustainable trade and do you have experience of working in/with the private sector on this topic? Do you want to enable farming communities to become more…

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    Program Manager Materials – Cotton
  • Program Manager Materials – Landscapes

    Do you have a strong background in program management in sustainable trade, impact investment or private sector development? Are you passionate about climate-resilient and inclusive farmer livelihoods and environmental protection…

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    Program Manager Materials – Landscapes
  • Senior Brands Manager

    We are excited to be searching for an enthusiastic and reliable Senior Brands Manager to join our team, and we hope it’s you! Your role. With rapidly rising relevance of the topic…

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    Senior Brands Manager
  • Senior Innovation Manager Systems Change

    We are excited to be searching for an enthusiastic and reliable Senior Innovation Manager on Systems Change to join our team, and we hope it’s you! Your role. Within this role…

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    Senior Innovation Manager Systems Change

Temporary contract assignments

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