Merck Ranks No. 1 on Newsweek’s List of 
America’s Most Responsible Companies 2024


December 13, 2023 6:45 am ET

RAHWAY, N.J.‐‐(3BL MEDIA)‐‐Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has earned the top spot on Newsweek’s annual list of America’s Most Responsible Companies, ranking No. 1 overall for the first time and establishing itself as an industry leader for the second consecutive year. Notably, Merck has also received the unique distinction of being the only company on the 2024 list to score 100/100 in corporate governance, which, in addition to disclosures and transparency, comprises economic performance, namely financial stability and innovation capacity.

“We are honored to be recognized as America’s Most Responsible Company,” said Robert M. Davis, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck. “Operating responsibly is at the core of our vision and values and fundamental to how we do business. I’m both pleased and proud to also acknowledge that this recognition is a testament to our long-standing commitment focused on enabling a safe and healthy future for people and communities around the world.”

To develop its list of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2024, Newsweek partnered with Statista, a global research and data firm, to analyze 1,200 of the largest public U.S. companies, assessing each across 30 corporate responsibility key performance indicators. In total, 600 companies were identified as one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2024.

Earlier this year, Merck was also named an industry leader on CNBC and JUST Capital’s list of America’s Most JUST Companies and Barron’s list of the 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies.

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About Merck

At Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than 130 years, we have brought hope to humanity through the development of important medicines and vaccines. We aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world – and today, we are at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals. We foster a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operate responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable and healthy future for all people and communities. For more information, visit and connect with us on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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