Terry Ehrich Award
Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business
Terry Ehrich was the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and founder of the First Day Foundation, and was a founding member of VBSR. The Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business was inaugurated in 2002. It was first presented posthumously in honor of Terry Ehrich to his brother, Perez, at the 2002 VBSR Spring Conference. The award is given annually to a person exemplifying Terry Ehrich’s commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.
Applications for the award are reviewed by the board-appointed Nominating Committee and judged on the following four criteria with recipients approved by the full board:
Workplace Environment- we look for a business model that encompasses a healthy and productive workplace, welcomes and promotes flexibility for employees, and has a key focus on the importance of life-friendly policies.
Political Environment- we look for a person who is politically active in Vermont or on the national scene, speaks out on issues, and influences.
Social Environment- we look for a person who exemplifies what corporate citizenship and community involvement are all about, such as donating volunteer time, providing resources (financial and other), and promoting employee volunteerism to take that spirit of caring out into the community.
Natural Environment- we look for a person whose business practices demonstrate respect and concern for our natural resources and minimize any negative impact on the environment.
We look for nominations of people who work to bring about positive changes in our state or nation. We also seek a person who is proactive and sees the greater impact of what we do, represents a socially responsible business ethic to legislators and other decision-makers (state or federal), and provides a concrete example of how things can be done with a conscience through his or her own business model. Any member of the VBSR community is eligible to be nominated. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Not-for-profits, public sector agencies, past award winners and sitting members of the nominating committee will not be eligible.
2013 Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony recognizing Jan Blomstrann, President and CEO of Renewable NRG Systems, Inc.
Past Recipients of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business
NominatioNS for Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business