Procurement

We believe in the power of partnerships. Our close collaborations with our business, our suppliers and each other, enable us to realize our aptitude for growth, optimize supply security and foster innovation.

We Drive Performance and sustainability

In a fast-paced technological environment, our customers and suppliers count on our commitment to put innovation and sustainable supply security at the core of every decision we make. Our overarching aim is to optimize the financial contribution for our company while we ensure that all goods and services are available on time, as specified and at the most sustainable conditions.

Together with our suppliers, our global Procurement team inspires each other to go the “extra mile” for our customers and Business Sectors. Constantly challenging the status quo, we implement compliant and efficient processes by using advanced digital solutions, applying them in a flexible and agile way.

Sustainable and purposeful thinking is in our DNA

Today, more than ever, acting sustainable is a crucial factor for future business success. As a responsible company, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been shaped and guided by strong values across generations, which is why we consider sustainability to be so vital. There are several incentives for our company to engage in sustainable procurement, i.e., it helps organizations to eliminate waste, be more energy efficient, reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and preserve the resources for future generations. The supply chain and our suppliers are an integral part to make our overall Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, sustainability approach a success. Especially the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions along our supply chain is a fundamental element to reach our goal to become carbon neutral in 2040.

SOWING THE SEEDS OF INNOVATION

InnoSource is our approach to support our individual Business Sectors with supplier-enabled innovation. As a catalyst to innovation, creative thinking is entrenched in our DNA. Our teams proactively drive innovative ideas to address unmet business needs to and from the supplier market. For our Business Sectors we strive to create the best access to supplier enabled innovation by creating a collaborative and creative environment with our suppliers. Finally, we act as a facilitator for external and internal innovation opportunities. Let us know your innovative ideas!

SUPPLY SECURITY - DELIVERING THE OPTIMAL QUALITY AND SERVICE WITH MINIMAL DISRUPTIONS

Let us be your partner of choice. We are committed to delivering the best products and services to our customers while ensuring optimal quality and service with minimal disruptions. Securing supply in our fast moving environment is the key to our success.

Risk Management is an integral part of our sourcing activities. When managing our suppliers we consider dedicated risk factors and sustainability aspects. Together with our Business Sectors we determine the optimal approach to ensure a systematic, structured and comprehensive Risk Management process.

Behind the Scenes

  • 420 procurement experts partnering with our Business Sectors
  • Global footprint of sourcing managers in 36 countries
  • 60,000 suppliers in our portfolio and many more on the market as potential innovation partner

Looking Beyond Ourselves

Our business thrives on the environment we source from, making our responsibility to protect it even more critical. Our business activities require raw materials, packaging, technical products, components, and services. When selecting our suppliers, we consider in addition to quality, safety, and competitive pricing also environmental and social standards. This approach ensures we comply with international regulations.

We see ourselves as a part of society and therefore take responsibility for the products and services we source. We also regularly assess and audit the sustainability of dedicated suppliers. Our Responsible Sourcing Principles and our involvement with Together for Sustainability (TfS) chemical industry initiative reflect those unwavering commitments.

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