Lifetime Achievement Award

NAEM's Lifetime Achievement Award is a prestigious award honoring an individual's contribution to their company and the environment, health & safety, and/or sustainability (EHS & Sustainability) fields. It recognizes an EHS & Sustainability leader whose vision and commitment has positively shaped the EHS & Sustainability fields within a corporate management role. See past award recipients here.


Nominees must have:
  • 20+ years of exceptional EHS&S performance, currently serving as an in-house EHS & Sustainability leader. (Retired executives who worked part of calendar year 2023 are eligible)
  • Distinguished service and leadership within the EHS & Sustainability profession
  • Demonstrated impact on organizational performance
  • Proven leadership effectiveness in the development of EHS & Sustainability professionals
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and advancing the EHS & Sustainability profession
  • Nominees need not be members of NAEM


  • Self-nominations are encouraged and accepted
  • All EHS & Sustainability industry professionals, including corporate in-house employees, consultants, colleagues and teams, may nominate an individual for the NAEM Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Nominators may nominate more than one individual — a separate form is required for each nominee.
  • Nominators need not be members of NAEM
  • Individuals who sit on NAEM's Board of Directors or Board of Regents are not eligible to be nominated


  • The nomination form must be completed
  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with nomination
*Incomplete nominations will not be considered.


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Past Award Recipients

Congratulations to these corporate EHS&S leaders whose vision and commitment has positively shaped the EHS&S field!

2019 Award Recipient

David Eherts

Dr. David Eherts
Allergan plc
Vice President, Global EHS

2018 Award Recipient


Wayne S. Balta
IBM Corp.
Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs & Product Safety

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