Our Purpose & WE100

We’ve always been driven by people’s needs. Now, as human lifespans extend, we’re on a mission help prepare society for a new era of humans living 100 healthy years.

Towards longer, healthier lives

Thanks to the increase in life expectancy since 1945, today’s young people are more likely to live for 100 years [1]. Extreme old age will soon be the norm rather than the exception. Are we ready for this fundamental change in our society? Not everyone thinks so. According to one survey:

  • 93% of people worry that their children aren’t well enough educated to live a long, healthy life
  • 80% believe society needs to completely rethink its attitude to aging
  • 80% worry they will have trouble finding a job when they are over 50 years old and competing with younger workers
  • 95% doubt that the government will support them to participate fully in society after retirement [2]

Increasing lifespans present a challenge to everyone, both young and old. But at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, we’re optimistic about the future. 

[1] United Nations (2015). World Population Ageing: 2015 Report

[2] Survey: Omnibus Daily for UK Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for theme "Healthy aged“, Country: United Kingdom, Germany, Sample size:  UK – 2344, DE – 2035, Time: May 2016

Our We100 movement

WE100™ is driven by the belief that everyone should be able to live healthier and longer lives. That’s why our Consumer Health business launched WE100™ as a global movement. Consumer Health aims to recalibrate thinking about what it means to live longer and healthier, turning the spotlight on both quantity and quality of years lived. 


Healthcare disclaimer

This section of our website includes information about certain topics related to the global healthcare business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.  For more specific information about the company’s healthcare business in the United States and Canada, please visit our EMD Serono website.

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