Transparency in the health industry
We believe that worldwide access to medicinal product information is one of the keys to improving health care for patients. We recognize the important role that patient organizations play in disseminating information to patients and their caregivers. This is why we support the educational work of various patient organizations with donations and funding. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany explicitly endeavors to exert no influence or control over the information that the organizations communicate to their members.
In order to drive medical advancements, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany promotes science and continuing medical education across the globe. For instance, within the scope of international initiatives, we award grants in the fields of infertility, multiple sclerosis, personalized therapy for solid tumors, and growth disorders.
We also support the health industry through donations of money and supplies. Recipients include organizations such as medical science professional associations, hospitals and university clinics. This support is a reflection of the Values of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and the contributions are not intended to influence decisions regarding treatment, prescriptions or purchasing. More information can be found here
Procurement: Looking beyond ourselves
Our business activities require raw materials, packaging, technical products, components, and services, which we procure from more than 60,000 suppliers across 130 countries. In our supplier management process, we consider quality, safety and competitive pricing to be highly important, along with fundamental environmental and social standards. This approach enables us to consistently prevent violations of our own compliance and social standards. For instance, we regularly request self-disclosures from vendors and initiate supplier audits. In an effort to enhance this process and drive sustainability, we joined the Together for Sustainability (TfS) chemical industry initiative at the end of 2014.
Developing and emerging countries are becoming increasingly important to us as sourcing markets. We therefore have a particular obligation to treat them responsibly.