Merck Employees Surpass Goal of 125,000 Volunteer Hours

Merck employees answered the call to volunteer in their communities around the globe during the company’s landmark 125th year.

Each year, Merck employees donate thousands of hours to help to improve the health and well-being of communities around the world through programs such as Merck for Mothers, the MSD Fellowship for Global Health, and through a range of volunteer activities, mission trips, and disaster relief efforts. In celebration of our 125th year, Merck challenged employees to build on the company’s legacy of service by volunteering a combined total of 125,000 hours in their communities. Merck employees answered the call. So, today, we congratulate all of our employees for their acts of kindness – big and small – that contributed to achieving this milestone.

Employees who helped us reach this goal did so, in part, by taking advantage of Merck’s innovative global employee volunteerism policy, Merck Gives Back, which provides every employee, in every global location, the opportunity to take up to 40 hours of paid time off each year to help with a non-profit of their choosing.

“I am so very proud of our ongoing commitment to address global health through our spirit of invention and the many large and small ways we make our communities better,” said Dr. Julie Gerberding, executive vice president, strategic communications, global public policy and population health at Merck.

For the remainder of 2016 and beyond, Merck encourages all of our employees to continue their work to positively impact their communities. We look forward to sharing more stories about the inspiring volunteerism of our employees as our 125th year comes to a close and how we will continue to build on this momentum in the future.

More about Merck Gives Back

  • Policy provides each employee with the opportunity to take up to 40 hours of paid time off each year to engage in a variety of volunteer opportunities that support eligible nonprofit organizations.
  • Merck offers a dollar-for-dollar matching gift program for active and retired U.S. and Puerto Rico Merck employees.
  • Our Dollars for Doers volunteer rewards program provides contributions to eligible organizations based on employee volunteer hours.