Powered by inclusion: how we celebrate our diverse workforce

At Merck, we believe having a diverse workforce — comprised of people from different races, genders, ethnicities, cultures, ages, disabilities, religions, gender identities, gender expressions, and veteran status — is fundamental to our company’s success.

Our dedication to diversity and inclusion creates a competitive advantage for our people and for our customers, and is accomplished in partnership with Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion (GD&I) Center of Excellence (CoE). The CoE is a specialized team within Human Resources that strives to create a workplace where diversity and inclusion exist as a natural part of our day-to-day operations and decisions.

Celebrating this September

Every September we celebrate different aspect of diversity and inclusion and highlight the employees and leaders who make our company so unique. Here are some of our most memorable moments:

A virtual reality experience that allows participants to put themselves in someone else’s shoes to experience and feel bias firsthand.

A talk by a veteran and Paralympic snowboarding champion, Kirstie Ennis. A helicopter gunner, Ennis lost her leg in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012. She’s overcome enormous challenges and obstacles to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

A display of artwork from our partner, Artlifting, who connects socially conscious organizations with talented artists impacted by homelessness or disabilities. Works from these artists are part of our company’s art collection and are displayed at a number of locations, helping to make invisible talent visible.

An Employee Business Resource Group summit where attendees built business knowledge and skills while enhancing leadership capabilities as they commit to lead inclusively.

The Merck Interfaith Organization sponsors meal-packing events around the world for the international hunger relief organizations like Rise Against Hunger, which distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable.

We are deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment that embraces different perspectives and values the contributions of each individual. Having a globally and locally diverse workforce makes us a more innovative and agile company—and one better attuned to the needs of our customers, health care providers and patients who ultimately use our products.

–Chairman and CEO Ken Frazier

Merck’s Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs)

At Merck, we've taken a pioneering and global approach to our diversity strategy through the creation of Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs). These groups represent the diverse constituencies in our company, our customers and society, in general. The members represent different geographies, cultures and areas of expertise. Together they reflect Merck employees and customers globally. They are:

  • League of Employees of African Descent
  • Asia Pacific Association
  • Merck capAbility Network
  • Merck Hispanos Organization
  • Merck Interfaith Organization
  • Merck Rainbow Alliance
  • Next Gen Network
  • Native American & Global Indigenous People
  • Veterans Leadership Network
  • Merck Women’s Network


Interested in learning more about Merck’s efforts in Diversity and Inclusion? Celeste Warren, vice president of Human Resources and Merck’s Chief Diversity Officer, writes on LinkedIn about what Merck is doing to create a well-rounded workforce.


Meet Don Watson, the executive sponsor of our company’s capAbility Network employee resource group that supports those with disabilities.