Classical music has a very long tradition at our company. The Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is our musical ambassador, a professional ensemble whose concerts were attended by around 23,000 people in 2016 alone. The musicians of the Philharmonie regularly tour the world and support local initiatives. In 2015 they performed in Latin America (Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo), the United Kingdom (Cambridge) and Israel (Tel Aviv). For the Latin American tour, our company partnered with three local social aid organizations to which we also donated the proceeds from concert tickets: the Association Against Cancer (Mexico), Together Against Cancer (Brazil) and the School of Music and Citizenship in Rio, with whom we share a long history of collaboration. Thanks to our efforts, around 400 socially disadvantaged children and young people have learned to play a musical instrument.