Merck has launched its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report

September 17, 2012 in Our View, Reporting

Thursday, 13th September 2012, at the headquarters from New Jersey, the global health-care leader Merck issued its 2011 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report outlines Merck’s approach to corporate responsibility and reviews performance and activities within the four areas that the company identified as critical to its business and in which invested around $1.3 billion: Access to Health, Environmental Sustainability, Employees, and Ethics and Transparency. Readers will find details and numbers related to each of the above area, as well as highlights of activities and initiatives undertaken during 2011.

By the numbers, some notable highlights from 2011 are:

  • people reached through major responsibility programs and partnerships: 273 million;
  • health-care workers trained: 51,600;
  • investment in partnerships to address underlying barriers to health: $34.7 million;
  • reduction of global water use: 1 billion gallons;
  • estimated employee volunteer hours: 210,500.

The most important initiatives promoted to reach the above numbers on sustainability are:

  • joining the global effort to reduce maternal mortality by launching Merck for Mothers;
  • signing on to the CEO Water Mandate, an initiative of the UN Global Compact designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water-sustainability policies and practices;
  • launching the Richard T. Clark Fellowship program, a new global program designed to leverage the skills and talents of Merck employees to build and support humanitarian organizations that meet the health needs of the undeserved;
  • establishing a new Human Rights Policy consistent with international standards and Merck’s strong historical commitment to human rights.

Also, Merck continues to use several external reporting guidelines including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI 3.1) Guidelines, the Millennium Development Goals, the Access to Medicine Index and the United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress.

The online report and detailed information are available at

About Merck

Today’s Merck is a global health-care leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme) outside the United States and Canada. In 2009 merged with Schering-Plough to create a new entity, which became the second-largest pharmaceutical company in the world and a global leader in consumer products and animal care. Through the prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, the company work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. Merck also demonstrate the commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships, which are the main focus of the Merck Company Foundation.

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MSD in Romania

In Romania, the company is present since the mid 90’s and today has more than 200 employees. From its headquarters situated in the Bucharest Business Park building,

MSD’s Romanian operations now include sales and marketing activities for its own products. The company brings into the Romanian pharmacies a wide range of medicines, helping to treat illnesses like osteoporosis, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, cholesterol control or HIV. Maybe the best known brand that MSD brings to Romania is Claritine, which treats allergy and helps in the asthma problems.

MSD Romania has also a rich local activity on sustainability. The company collaborates with the Romanian Red Cross organization and with several others NGO’s. In 2011 launched the Merck 365 concept, through which established a tight dialogue between its employees and the local communities. Not least, MSD initiated the platform “Together for Life” – Health through Knowledge, helping in the fight against cancer through information campaigns.

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