The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) is the largest professional association for corporate environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. We are dedicated to empowering our members to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability.
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Who We Are
Who We Are

NAEM is a professional association that empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. We provide peer-led educational conferences, benchmarking research and an active community for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. If you want to network with EHS leaders and learn about the latest trends in corporate EHS management, we encourage you to get involved today.

What We Offer

We are the leader in improving the business acumen, leadership skills and professional effectiveness of EHS and Sustainability professionals through:

  • Peer-led educational programming
  • Exclusive benchmarking research
  • Decision-making tools
  • Private online community
  • Network of engaged professionals

About Our Community

NAEM is the largest professional community for corporate environmental, health and safety, and sustainability decision-makers. Our membership is composed of mid-level and senior environmental management leaders from more than 800 national and multi-national companies, including the majority of the Fortune 500. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can join as either an individual or corporate member or sign up to receive our newsletter.


Our History

NAEM was founded in 1990 by a small group of environmental management professionals who were looking for a way to exchange ideas and learn from one another.

In the early 1990s they began meeting to share their stories and hear their peers’ best practices for preventing pollution, complying with environmental regulations, and advocating for change within their companies.

What started as a small group of dedicated practitioners has grown into the largest professional community of corporate environmental, health and safety, and sustainability decision-makers.

Our peer-driven educational programs deliver insight into the latest trends and and the tools practitioners need to add business value through EHS.

  • NAEM offered one of the first conferences on how to implement a sustainability program.
  • In 1999, NAEM introduced corporate leaders to John Elkington’s ground-breaking concept of the "triple bottom line".
  • Last year, NAEM invited Peter Senge, the revolutionary business strategist and author of "The Necessary Revolution," to address our community as a keynote speaker at our annual conference.

In our 20th year, NAEM is introducing a new website where practitioners can share information and network in a private, online setting. As always, we continue to equip our members with the tools they need to continuously improve their programs, develop professionally, and move the EHS profession forward.

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NAEM Updates

Gina McCarthy to Share Inspiring Vision at NAEM’s Conference for Corporate EHS&S Leaders

April 5, 2018

Safeguarding the environment and protecting public health can go hand-in-hand with business growth, Gina McCarthy says, and on May 16 she will share this vision with corporate leaders at NAEM's 2018 Compliance Management conference in Austin.

To Make the Most of an EHS & Sustainability Software Investment, Don’t Skimp on the Implementation

March 7, 2018

Software is a powerful tool for accelerating EHS & Sustainability performance, but even the best tool can fail if it’s not implemented well, according to a new NAEM report that was published today. At the heart of the findings in NAEM’s “Ready, Set, Implement: How to Successfully Deploy an EHS & Sustainability Software System” is that success—or failure— often comes down to how well the company mapped the system to its core processes, trained its users and sold the value to the organization.

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