On the war in Ukraine
Statement by Belén Garijo, Chair of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, on behalf of the Executive Board:
“To us, it is unbearable to witness what is happening in Ukraine. We condemn the Russian invasion as well as any act of violence. We stand with the global community in calling on the Russian state to end this war immediately and return to a peaceful coexistence in the region.
As a company, we have a moral obligation: We are set on advancing human progress and as such, the health and well-being of people is always at the center of what we do. Yet, we also hear the demand to immediately stop our business with and in Russia. Rest assured that we understand the motivation behind these calls. At the same time, in Russia as elsewhere in the world, we deliver personalized treatments for serious and life-threatening diseases. Ending our activities there means abandoning our patients. This we cannot do.
That is why we have restricted our transactions in Russia to essential healthcare-related business in order to continue serving patients in need.
We will make sure we strictly comply with all international sanctions and reassess our current position on an ongoing basis to integrate potential new developments and/or new sanctions.
To support humanitarian aid in Ukraine, our company has in total donated more than 4 million euros, with more than half a million euros coming from colleagues from all around the world. The majority was donated to the German Red Cross.”