Henry is also working in sustainability to help create a better future for his son.
“Every parent wants to be a hero to their kid and I want my son to say I was working on something important and to feel proud of me,” he said. “I’m looking at this with the lens of what are we going to do for our kids in the future.”
“We are day one of a very long journey,” Henry said. “What we are doing at Amazon is laying the foundations that will probably bear fruit in ten, twenty, thirty years.”
“Somebody has to start and it’s been an honor and a privilege to do that here at Amazon.”
An Amazon delivery truck travels down the highway. Henry and his team work to reduce emissions in long-haul transportation.
Henry greets a guest at his wedding in Ibadan, Nigeria in 2009.
“There were days where it could get extremely hot. You have times when places get flooded and the times where you see the effects of erosion.”
“I’ve seen people who can’t fish in certain areas anymore because of environmental damage, and crops not growing as well because of environmental damage,” Henry said. “When I was asked to help build a sustainability team at Amazon it was pretty exciting to have a chance to actually take a shot at solving this.”
“It’s inspiring and invigorating to actually be in the room debating and trying to solve a very difficult problem that nobody else has solved,” he said. “Amazon trucks have to cover very long distances, and that in itself is a very difficult sustainability problem to solve. When you have a truck covering over 300 miles or you have flights going hundreds of miles it’s a bit more challenging.”
“What my team does is to come up with smart solutions to help decarbonize,” said Henry. “The best part is in many cases we are discovering solutions that not only lower carbon but they also align with lowering cost and providing a solid customer experience.”
“You ever try to work in a hundred-degree heat?"
Henry is a senior manager leading a sustainability team within Amazon Transportation Services.
“Imagine having that all year long.”
Henry grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where he experienced the effects of climate change firsthand.