With approximately 50,000 employees in 66 countries, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is one of the top companies listed in the German share index (DAX). The founding family, now in its 13th generation, is still the majority owner. This is made possible by our company structure: a corporation with general partners (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien - KGaA). In a KGaA, the share capital is divided between general partners and limited partners. The general partners manage the businesses and are liable with their private assets; the limited partners are liable with their contributions.
As general partners, the Merck family holds nearly 70% of the company shares via the E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany. This is how we ensure that the values handed down over generations continue to shape our company. The family heritage binds us to a moral and ethical code which obliges us to take responsibility for our staff, our partners, the environment and society.