Collaborative Transformation

The art of making international trade more sustainable

This book brings forth the tacit knowledge of IDH and our partners, accumulated over the last 10 years as we have together engaged in the messy practice of accelerating transitions toward sustainability in international trade, with foreword of Christiana Figueres.

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What does it take to make real change toward sustainability in international trade?

IDH and its partners have spent the last 10 years learning the art of collaborative transformation, accumulating tacit knowledge on what works and what doesn’t to make change within the complexity of international trade. This book distills their insights, presenting 5 dimensions that are critical for stakeholders to attend to while working toward sustainability. To break down this complexity and to make it concrete, IDH gives examples from their partnerships involving a wide range of industries: from cotton to tea to cocoa. They show that collaborative transformations are not only possible: they hold the key to our shared future.

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“This book is a wonderful example of stubborn optimism. It presents an intriguing model for enabling sustainability transitions within international value chains based on 5 carefully elucidated underlying dimensions. The model is complemented with useful examples from IDH’s first-hand experience working in facilitating transitions toward sustainability. The conceptual analysis is not limited to trade, however, and can be applied to other complex issues that are also kaleidoscopic in nature.”

Christiana Figueres

Listen to the podcast to learn more from Carla Romeu-Dalmau, senior manager of Impact and Learning at IDH, and co-author of the book.

The 5 Dimensions of Collaborative Transformation



Wageningen Academic Publishers is an independent STM publisher in the field of Life Sciences. Publishing both scientific journals and books (monographs, textbooks and proceedings) focused on topics in animal and veterinary sciences, food sciences, environmental sciences and plant sciences.