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SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

Our suppliers should reflect the people we are in business to serve... our customers.

At Merck, we believe that having a diverse supplier base helps us better understand and anticipate the needs of the people we serve. That is why we cast a wide net in search of talent, seeking qualified suppliers from all segments of the global community. Our supplier diversity program includes large and small HUBZone, minority, women, veteran, and lesbian- and gay-owned business enterprises

Interested in becoming a Merck supplier? Here's what we'll expect from you:

We hold our suppliers to the same standards to which we hold our own employees. We expect our suppliers to:

  • provide top-quality products and services along with the highest level of service;
  • demonstrate that they are proactive, innovative and able to think strategically; and
  • have acceptable third-party certification.

Agencies and Associations

Merck supports various associations and agencies that enable us to identify small and diverse suppliers. For a complete list, click here.

Staying true to who we are

About Our Program

We seek to create sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships with diverse suppliers. To do this, we establish annual procurement goals for goods and services from minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.

In addition to setting specific targets, we have implemented other tools and programs to help us build a world-class program and work to ensure the growth, sustainability and increased competitiveness of our diverse suppliers. These include sustainability planning, mentoring, a robust second-tier program, and scholarships and other external educational opportunities for suppliers.

Cultivating Successful Supplier Partnerships

A Merck mentorship program is fostering success among diverse suppliers.

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Our Policy

It is Merck policy to provide maximum practical opportunity to diverse suppliers to provide goods and services to the company as a part of our corporate procurement process. The use of diverse suppliers is an integral part of our purchasing procedures, just as equal opportunity employment is central to our personnel policies and procedures. We recognize that supplier diversity creates a competitive advantage for our company and positively impacts the global community. We believe that the success of the company and society depends on enabling diverse businesses to share and grow in the global market.

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Current Suppliers

Learn more about Merck's transformation efforts.

Merck Supplier Diversity: Making a Difference

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Creative Partnerships

Why having a diverse group of suppliers helps us better understand and anticipate the needs of the people we serve.

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Contact Us

Questions about supplier diversity at Merck? Contact us at supplier_diversity@merck.com.

Our Supplier Diversity Program is Going Global

We are proud to be recognized as a leader in the area of supplier diversity and look continuously for ways to expand and improve our program. In 2008, we began to expand our program globally. Our approach may be different, depending on local laws and regulations, but we look forward to continuing to build a supplier base that reflects our diverse customers.

We are active members of the following organizations: