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We are a science and technology company. We are pioneers of human progress, driven by our curiosity.

We have a unique setup, with different disciplines under one roof. Our Life Science business sector provides the tools, high-grade chemicals, and consumables that accelerate scientific breakthroughs and enable the biopharmaceutical industry to ensure that medicines are safe and effective for a global population.

With a broad and deep portfolio of more than 300,000 products and an industry-leading e-commerce platform, we are focused on impacting life and health with science. In our Healthcare business sector, we advance innovation through our pipeline; enable life-changing therapies for serious illnesses; treat more than 90 million patients worldwide with cardiovascular, diabetes and thyroid disorders every day; and help many couples to realize their wish to have a child. In our Electronics business sector, we are the company behind the companies, advancing digital living. Our semiconductor and display solutions can be found in almost every electronic device. Thus, we are changing the way information is processed, releasing the potential of data and opening up possibilities for positively influencing the way we live. In addition, our specialists also explore visionary new solutions at the intersection of our three diversified business sectors.

Established in 1668, our exceptional track record shows we continuously reinvent ourselves and think long-term. This mindset is rooted in responsibility, care, and respect: for our work, our people, our customers, patients, society, and our planet. We want to become the global 21st century science and technology pioneer, working toward an ambitious future: sustainable progress for humankind.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, holds the global rights to the company name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States. In these countries, we operate as MilliporeSigma in the Life Science business, as EMD Serono in the Healthcare business, and as EMD Electronics in the Electronics business.

Apart from our three business sectors, our financial reporting presents five regions: Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. As of December 31, 2022, we had 64,243 employees worldwide1. The figure as of December 31, 2021, was 60,348 employees. We have summarized further details on our employee structure and important aspects such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the “Non-Financial Statement”.


Net sales by region – FY 2022
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Group – Net sales by region (Pie chart)


Employees by region as of December 31, 2022
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Group – Employees by region (Pie chart)

1 The Group also has employees at sites that are not fully consolidated subsidiaries. These figures refer to all people directly employed by the Group and therefore may deviate from figures in the financial section of this report.

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