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Ken Zeng

Student Sustainability Associates (SSA)

Section F

Before joining HBS, I spent four years in New York working at sustainability and human rights for PVH, the parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. I started at the company by building a forced labor program that later freed thousands of migrant workers from forced labor in the global supply chain. I then pivoted to sustainability strategy, using Greenhouse Gas emission and supply chain data to pinpoint the most pressing sustainability challenges and steer PVH’s direction. Prior to PVH, I was a human right activist. I once embarked on an undercover mission in an iPhone factory in China, gathering first-hand information about labor conditions and urging Apple to make a change. Given my background, my drive for sustainability isn’t merely environmental—I deeply care about its impact on people’s lives, especially in vulnerable communities. 

My vision for a sustainable future: I dream of a world where every jolt of electricity springs from clean energy sources; where our roads, skies, and tracks are dominated by electric vehicles, aircraft, and trains; where innovative approaches like regenerative agriculture and plant-based or cultured meats meet global hunger needs; where every consumer product circles back in a sustainable loop; where everyone, from every corner of our planet, leads a fulfilling life beneath the same vast blue sky. 

Favorite Green Tip: You can save both money and the environment by washing your clothes in cold water, limiting ironing, and air drying them when possible; these practices can significantly extend the lifespan of your garments.