Our Policies and Codes

Transparency and integrity are key values of IDH. We have incorporated clear policies and codes related to our work processes and work environment. Our Supervisory Board and Impact Committee overlook the organization and support us in decisions, overseeing our functioning and impacts.

Good Governance

IDH adheres to high standards of good practices and transparency in governance and reporting. We are a publicly funded and government mandated change agent. Our Governance Code clarifies the governance structures and processes beyond our articles of association and regulations. The Governance Code has been formalized by the IDH Executive Board on March 27, 2014, and approved by the IDH Supervisory Board supported by the Audit Committee.

The Governance Code is available for download here. (3.1 Mb)

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Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct provides overview of the values, commitments, responsibilities and integrity that IDH stand for.  It applies to, and governs all decisions of, our people.  This includes employees (incl. Board of Directors) and consultants acting on behalf of IDH. It is our expectation that our business partners apply similar standards of conduct when working with IDH.

The Code of Conduct is available for download here.

ICSR Policy

IDH’s ICSR policy outlines IDH’s strategy for the integration of the OECD guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in its program activities.

The ICSR Policy is available for download here.

Competition Compliance Policy

IDH and all Participants to IDH Programs are committed to full and fair competition.  In order to promote the compliance with these laws, IDH has adopted this Competition Compliance Policy in which the basic rules for competition compliance are set out.

The Competition Compliance Policy is available for download here.

Whistle Blower Policy

As IDH adheres to high standards of good practices and transparency, IDH encourages its employees and consultants to notify IDH of any suspicion of misconduct or irregularity by setting a clear procedure that amongst others aims to prevent negative repercussions for or discrimination of the whistle blower. With the “Whistle Blower Policy” IDH enables its employees and consultants to notify IDH of a suspicion of a misconduct or irregularity at an early stage, so the required measures can be taken. Employees and consultants that notify IDH about their suspicion are not required to prove the actual misconduct or irregularity, but they should be able to substantiate their suspicion.

IDH’s Whistle blower policy is available for download here.

Privacy Statement

IDH acts in accordance with the Privacy Statement for supplier and business partner data.  This Privacy Statement provides information on the processing of personal data by IDH and its global representative offices and subsidiaries. Read the whole document here.

Supervisory Board and Impact Committee

IDH Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board of IDH guards the policy and functioning of the IDH office. It also oversees the principles of IDH, decides on accepting new improvement programs, and consolidates annual plans and reports. The Board comes together three times a year.

Members of the IDH Supervisory Board:

André Veneman (chair) Director Sustainability, AkzoNobel
Berry Marttin Member of the Executive Board of Rabobank Group
Gosse Boon Non-Executive Director(KPMG, Albron and Royal BAM Group) & Board Advisor
Christian Frutiger Global Head of Global Affairs, Nestle S.A.
Sean de Cleene Head of Food Security and Agriculture System Initiative, World Economic Forum
Lasse Bolander Chairman for COOP Denmark
Kirsten Schuijt CEO WWF Netherlands
Ignacio Gavilan Director of Sustainability, The Consumer Goods Forum

IDH Impact Committee

The Impact Committee of IDH governs the impact of the work of IDH. It manages the intervention logic of the current IDH programs and the interventions of the IDH organization. It bases itself upon progress and impact data from the IDH organization (progress reports and 3rd party impact studies). The Committee comes together once a year.

Members of the IDH Impact Committee:

Prof. Dr. Peter Knorringa Professor of Private Sector & Development, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam. Chair of Impact Committee
Dr. Bill Vorley Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Jan-Kees Vis Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development, Unilever
Frank Eyhorn Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Kirsten Schuijt CEO WWF Netherlands
Ignacio Gavilan Director of Sustainability, The Consumer Goods Forum



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