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Diversity & inclusion fuels our purpose

Diversity & inclusion are key to how we operate, how we engage employees and how we drive competitive advantage.

Our workforce represents the people we serve

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are not just words – they are the reason we are able to deliver on our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world.

But diversity is only half of the story; inclusion is just as important. Inclusion means a sense of belonging. When our employees know they are crucial to our work, not only will they thrive, but our company will, too.

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GD&I learning and development programs

We leverage a broad range of learning and development opportunities, such as our Foundations of D&I course and the Diverse Leadership Program.

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Global diversity & inclusion ambassador teams

Our global diversity & inclusion ambassador teams integrate our business strategy with our people strategy.

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Employee business resource groups (EBRGs)

EBRGs strengthen and diversify global leadership and provide culturally relevant insights that drive our success.

Our diversity & inclusion by the numbers

51%

new hires were female in 2018

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17K

EBRG members

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15K

diverse suppliers globally

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“Diversity and inclusion have the ability to transform our culture, drive business results and advance our company’s mission to save and improve lives around the world. When people feel valued and empowered, they are able to innovate and make amazing things happen.”

Celeste Warren

Vice president, global diversity & inclusion

“We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that embraces different perspectives. Having a globally 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.”

Ken Frazier

Executive chairman of the board

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Our suppliers should be as diverse as the patients we serve

Our diverse supplier base helps us understand the needs of our people and patients. That’s why we engage a wide range of partners.

Stories that inspire our progress

Together, we achieve more when we bring our whole selves to work.

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Our disability inclusiveness earns top employer award

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Clinical trials & the power of diversity

Advancing science powered by greater diversity in our clinical research

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Finding the courage to come out after 20 years of marriage

Last June, Merck executive Scott M. Wright shared his story of coming out in midlife -- the response was overwhelming

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This leader works to ensure diversity and inclusion is visible in everything we do

Deepak Khanna, president, Europe and Canada, demonstrates how “diversity is a fact, but inclusion is an act”

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Our disability inclusiveness earns top employer award

Learn how we maximize potential by making employees across all dimensions of ability feel valued and empowered

Read more

Next: Our disability inclusiveness earns top employer award

Clinical trials & the power of diversity

Advancing science powered by greater diversity in our clinical research

Read more

Next: Clinical trials & the power of diversity

Finding the courage to come out after 20 years of marriage

Last June, Merck executive Scott M. Wright shared his story of coming out in midlife -- the response was overwhelming

Read more

Next: Finding the courage to come out after 20 years of marriage

This leader works to ensure diversity and inclusion is visible in everything we do

Deepak Khanna, president, Europe and Canada, demonstrates how “diversity is a fact, but inclusion is an act”

Read more

Next: This leader works to ensure diversity and inclusion is visible in everything we do

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