WE ARE HONORED

Organizations recognize Merck as a champion of diversity
and inclusion and gender equality.

The world is full of people with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Merck recognizes that to have the greatest impact in such a diverse world, we need to champion a workforce that reflects the individuals we serve. And, our effort is getting noticed.

This year, multiple external organizations have recognized our company for supporting a diverse workforce and a place where all employees feel valued, respected and are given access to opportunities to help them grow.

We believe that having a diverse workforce — including all dimensions of diversity — is fundamental to our company’s success,” says Celeste Warren, chief diversity officer. “A diverse workforce deepens our perspective and inspires the next great idea or invention that can lead to better health.

- Celeste Warren, vice president of Human Resources and chief diversity officer, Merck

Recognizing Our Impact

Some of our most recent recognitions include:


  • Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies: Merck is in the top 20 on this list, which recognizes companies that set the standard for mom-friendly work places. Our company is honored to have been on the Working Mothers magazine list for 30 years.
  • Equileap Report on the World’s Top Companies for Gender Equality: Merck came in at #4 in this report that measures how well companies do in offering equal opportunities for men and women.
  • Thomson Reuters Top 100 Diverse and Inclusive Organizations: Merck ranked #20 on this list that measures four categories: diversity, inclusion, people development and news controversies.
  • Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index: Merck was included on this index, a benchmarking tool which evaluates corporate LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

Our ability to deliver on our mission depends on the diverse talent of our employees,” says Carmen Villar, vice president, Social Business Innovation. “With operations in more than 140 countries, it is important that we represent the communities in which we live and serve.

- Carmen Villar, vice president, Corporate Responsibility

Earlier this year, we received a number of other recognitions for our culture of diversity and inclusion (D&I), including:

Showing Our Support


In 2017, we pledged to advance D&I in the workplace through the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to D&I within the workplace.

We also support Paradigm for Parity — a call to action and model for gender equality. By signing on, we pledged to continue working with our colleagues and others across the globe to establish parity in our own businesses. We believe these D&I goals are important…and attainable.

Read more about diversity and inclusion in our 2017-2018 CR Report