Lifetime Achievement Award

NAEM's Lifetime Achievement Award is a prestigious annual award honoring an individual's contribution to their company and the environment, health & safety, and/or sustainability (EHS&S) fields. It recognizes an EHS&S leader whose vision and commitment has positively shaped the EHS&S 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&S leader. (Retired executives who worked part of calendar year 2020 are eligible.)
  • Distinguished service and leadership within the EHS&S profession.
  • Demonstrated impact on organizational performance.
  • Proven leadership effectiveness in the development of EHS&S professionals.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and advancing the EHS&S profession.
  • Nominees need not be members of NAEM.


  • Self-nominations are encouraged and accepted.
  • All EHS&S 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.
  • Three letters of recommendation must be submitted with nomination.
*Incomplete nominations will not be considered.


Visit our FAQ page.

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

Email Sign Up