IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative has been working in Belgium since 2018 to convene actors for the purpose of making their supply chains more sustainable.

The way we work

IDH works with businesses, financiers, governments and civil society to accelerate sustainability in international supply chains. The three pillars of our operation are global and local convening, learning and innovation, and co-financing. In other words, we bring together influential partners, leverage investments and share knowledge and insights with the goal of realizing sustainable trade in global value chains. We believe that action-driven coalitions will drive impact on the Sustainable Development Goals and create value for all.

 

History and main activities

The Belgian IDH office was established mid 2019, after the Belgian government appointed IDH to manage the Beyond Chocolate Program. This multi-stakeholder partnership aims to make the Belgian chocolate sector more sustainable, bringing together over 60 important actors along the cocoa supply chain. The Belgian office has continued to manage the program and has expanded its scope over the years. As such, the office is now working on a program on living wages in a variety of sectors.

The team in Belgium

  • Els Haelterman

    Head of International Partnerships and Fundraising, Country Director Belgium

  • Charles Snoeck

    Senior Program Manager, Beyond Chocolate

  • Marloes Humbeeck

    Senior Program Officer, Beyond Chocolate

  • Astrid Baeten

    Program Manager, Food Crops & Ingredients

  • Natalia Yerashevich

    Senior Program Manager International Partnerships & Fundraising

  • Maarten de Ruyck

    Senior Program Officer - Better Jobs Accelerator Fund

Sectors IDH Belgium is working in

Together with its partners, IDH is working to increase farmer livelihoods, mitigate deforestation and promote responsible agrochemical management. Since we manage the Beyond Chocolate program, the office's main focus is on cocoa. However, increasingly more attention is given to Food Crops & ingredients, specifically bananas.

Our funding partners

IDH the Sustainable Trade initiative receives core funding from the Dutch, Swiss and Danish ministries of foreign affairs. The Beyond Chocolate program is funded by Belgian Development Cooperation.

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