Harsha Chenna is the Senior Director of Global Product Stewardship at VF Corporation based in Denver, CO. VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories and the owner of iconic brands, including The North Face®, Vans®, Timberland®, Dickies® and Supreme®. Harsha is responsible for VF’s product stewardship, responsible materials and traceability programs. VF’s product stewardship team, led by Chenna, drives best-in-class management of product impacts through design and manufacturing due diligence, regulatory compliance, traceability and substantiation of raw materials, and management of VF’s Restricted Substance List (RSL) and innovative CHEM-IQSM program. He partners with non-VF brands and trade associations to leverage and align the industry on product stewardship and chemical management work. Under Chenna’s leadership, VF has built an industry-leading product stewardship program that enables it to design, manufacture and place 400+ million products in global markets annually that meet and exceed industry and country-specific product and regulatory requirements, are safe for consumers and minimize negative environmental impacts.
Harsha leads VF’s responsible materials and traceability program that drives compliance to legal requirements on material sourcing, substantiates product marketing claims and addresses social and environmental concerns while providing consumer facing storytelling opportunities to VF’s brands. The responsible Materials and traceability team, led by Chenna, enhances supply chain transparency and traceability of key materials such as cotton, wool, recycled synthetic fibers, down and leather and identifies upstream suppliers beyond Tier 2. Harsha earned a Master of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Philadelphia University in 2003. He concentrated in Advanced Textile Materials, Manufacturing, Textile Chemistry and Economics. Harsha joined VF in June 2011 in New York where he was responsible for product safety and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining VF, Harsha worked as a Manager, Product Integrity and Chemical Compliance at a children’s wear brand that designs and manufactures products for Nike and Levi Strauss.