Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Diversity

As an international company, we've been the embodiment of diversity for many years: we've maintained a good balance of different cultures and age groups, of male and female employees. We respect one another, regardless of gender, nationality, race, ethnic background, religion or faith, sexual orientation or identity. This approach enables us to create a working environment free of prejudice and discrimination, allowing us to succeed as a company.
Success through diversity
Success through diversity
Well-managed, diverse teams perform better and innovate more than teams with less diversity, as shown by a 2013 study conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI). We, too, believe that workforce diversity and a culture of inclusion lead to greater innovation and better team performance within the company.
We live diversity and support various employee networks to promote exchange among like-minded individuals. This includes the International Community for employees from a variety of countries, the Rainbow Network for the LGBT community, and the Women at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, network.
In September 2015, we celebrated Global Diversity Days under the banner of "It begins with YOU – Diversity & Inclusion at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany". This year's initiative used global events to bolster awareness of diversity and inclusion within our workforce. Group-wide, employees across five continents participated in the 27 events held.
 
More women in management roles
More women in management roles
We seek to leverage the potential women offer, which is why we set the goal of filling 25%-30% of management positions with women by 2016. By 2015, we'd already reached 27%. To better empower women, we've initiated a number of measures to help employees better balance their professional and private lives, including flexible working hours and daycare options, as well as continuing education, training, and support for internal women's networks.
 

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