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Our commitment to the community goes beyond our headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. As an international company, we also get involved across the more than 60 sites we have worldwide.


Our commitment

As an international company, it goes without saying that we must live our commitment to the community across our sites worldwide. In selecting community involvement projects, our subsidiaries choose initiatives that reflect our three strategic spheres of activity (health, environment, as well as culture and education). They decide for themselves at the local level which projects they wish to support. Once a year, we conduct surveys to ascertain the regional scope of our community involvement, as well as identify our objectives and focus.

Commitment worldwide

China China
China: Clean drinking water for elementary schools
China: Clean drinking water for elementary schools

In several regions of China, clean drinking water cannot to be taken for granted. That’s why we are donating drinking water purification facilities to elementary schools. Employees and students volunteer their time to explain topics such as sustainability to the school children.

Germany: Stimulating interest in chemistry
Germany: Stimulating interest in chemistry

Our Darmstadt site supports a large number of schools in the region by providing them with materials and sharing expertise. In partnership with the Technical University of Darmstadt, we run the Junior Laboratory and the “livfe BioLab”, where students can conduct their own experiments.

Italy: Building bridges by promoting literature
Italy: Building bridges by promoting literature

We believe that literature can build goodwill and foster understanding. The Premio Letterario Merck in Italy recognizes authors who use their writing to build bridges between literature and science, and therefore make scientific topics more approachable to the general public.

Germany: Mobile studio for refugees
Germany: Mobile studio for refugees

Sometimes it’s easier for kids to express and process their emotions through drawing. This is where the Darmstadt Institute for Humanistic Art Therapy comes in: We support the institute in renovating a caravan into a mobile art studio, which will visit refugee accommodations on a regular basis.

Brazil: Building social inclusion through music
Brazil: Building social inclusion through music

Close to our Rio de Janeiro site, many children and adolescents live in unstable social conditions. We support projects run by the School of Music and Citizenship. This initiative has enabled 400 disadvantaged children to learn to play a musical instrument. It is also working to build an orchestra.

Worldwide: Experiencing the natural sciences first-hand
Worldwide: Experiencing the natural sciences first-hand

In 2016 we launched SPARK, a volunteer program for our life science employees to strengthen scientific education. To date, around 4,500 employees have provided exciting insights into the world of science. Around 60,000 school children put on lab coats and conducted experiments under supervision.

India: Improving living conditions in Jharkhand
India: Improving living conditions in Jharkhand

The mica we use to manufacture our effect pigments is sourced in a region in northeastern India where child labor is very common, which we reject in our supply chain. Together with the IGEP Foundation, we operate schools with daycare centers and support vocational training programs, amongst others.

Hungary: A camp for sick children and their families
Hungary: A camp for sick children and their families

The campers live with oncologic and chronic illnesses, but at the Hungarian Bátor Tábor camp (Camp of Courage) the children forget their grave fate for a few days. As part of our corporate responsibility initiatives in Hungary, we are supporting this project financially and with volunteers.

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Worldwide: Passing on knowledge about diseases
Worldwide: Passing on knowledge about diseases

Proper treatment for non-infectious diseases such as cancer and diabetes is frequently unavailable in developing health systems. With our Capacity Advancement Program, we help educate current and aspiring healthcare professionals and strengthen public awareness of these diseases.

Rapid disaster relief

We provide disaster relief in emergency situations, especially in those regions where we operate.

In April 2015, we entered into a three-year agreement with the German Red Cross that aims to make disaster relief simpler and faster. We support German Red Cross activities and projects by donating goods or funds. Take for instance our aid to Lebanese refugees. In December 2015, we donated EUR 50,000 toward the operation of emergency medical aid stations in Lebanese refugee camps. This donation sought to fight the reasons for flight as well as help the people close to their homeland.

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