Supporting society, people and communities around the world is fundamental to our long-term success.
This page provides an overview of our commitment to responsibility. Visit the links below to take a deeper dive into our corporate responsibility report.
We run to, not from, the world’s biggest health challenges
From finding solutions for some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, to getting our medicines and vaccines to those in need and building more effective health systems, we are always on a mission to create a better world.
Operating responsibly is at the heart of our ability to deliver sustainable impact – driving long-term value for our company and society.
Access to innovative medicines and vaccines
Barriers to access and quality care exist in many parts of the world. We have a role to play in helping to ensure our products are accessible and affordable to those in need.
Using world-class research and science to save and improve lives
We make long-term investments in research & development and target diseases where we can make the greatest difference.
Researching infectious diseases and developing vaccines
We are committed to addressing the global public health burden of infectious diseases.
Working with partners who share our commitment
Through partnership, investment and endless invention, we seek to overcome barriers to providing a healthier future for all.
Our most valuable resource
To harness the knowledge and insights of our diverse workforce, we take a thoughtful and strategic approach to workplace inclusion, invest in employee development, and care for their well-being - physical, emotional and financial.
Learning & development
As inventors, we invest in learning and development because our culture centers around curiosity.
A holistic approach to caring for our employees' well-being
Only when our employees feel their best, in all aspects of their lives, can they perform at their highest level.
Diversity & inclusion
The dynamic force driving everything we do.
A healthy planet is essential to the sustainability of our business
As a global company, we recognize that our actions have a direct impact on our planet.
Drive efficient operations
Energy conservation, water use reduction, efficient use of raw materials and responsible waste management.
Design for environment
We deploy sustainability strategies to reduce environmental impact.
Reducing value chain impacts
We team up with our suppliers and customers to understand and minimize the life-cycle impacts of our products.
Operating with ethics, integrity and respect for human rights
As a global health care leader, our work requires us to cultivate strong relationships based on trust. This means listening to and learning from our stakeholders and communicating openly about the decisions we make and the outcomes we achieve.
Our values and standards
Our code of conduct is at the core of our character, helping us to maintain our reputation as a trustworthy company.
We strive to detect and prevent labor and human rights abuses in our own operations and in our supply chain.
Ethical sales and marketing practices
We follow strict ethical sales and marketing practices in all our businesses.
The stories beyond the report
There is real world impact behind our work. Dig deeper.View our stories
Over 30 Years: The Mectizan® Donation Program
For centuries, river blindness (onchocerciasis) plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America and Yemen, and there was no answer to this affliction. This all began to change in the mid-to-late 1970s, when Dr. William Campbell of Merck Research Laboratories suggested the use of ivermectin (later named Mectizan) for river blindness in humans. Following the breakthrough […]Read more
Building on our partnership with (RED)
We are providing an additional $1.2 million grant to support (RED) in its efforts to end AIDSRead more
With OneTen, Merck is helping create 1 million jobs for Black Americans
Merck Chairman and CEO Ken Frazier serves as co-chair for a new initiative to create 1 million jobs for Black Americans in the next decadeSee how we're helping
Committed to quality. Committed to you.
How Merck prioritizes health, safety and quality in manufacturing practicesAbout out work
Ken Frazier awarded the 2020 Courage Against Hate Award
The Anti-Defamation League awards Ken for his commitment to corporate responsibility and for his conviction that companies should be driven by purpose, not profitsSee Ken's speech
Our impact by the numbers
Top 20 global burdens of disease addressed by our products and pipelineAccess to health
Management roles held by womenEmployees
Purchased electricity from renewable sources. By 2040, our goal is 100%Environmental sustainability
Spend with minority-, women-, veteran-, LGBT- and disability-owned suppliersEthics & values
Philanthropy is an important component of our company’s approach to corporate responsibility
We strive to find sustainable solutions to key global health challenges and to strengthen communities where our employees live and work.