Advancing Health Equity Through Impact Investing

Ken Gustavsen, executive director, Social Business Innovation, and impact investing portfolio manager, offers three lessons on helping advance global health goals

Despite incredible advances in science and medicine, significant gaps in access to quality health care still exist around the world.

Health care disparities are not new, and challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic shine a harsh spotlight on this issue. In many low- and middle-income countries, health care inequities are significant. Nearly two billion people have no access to basic medicines, contributing to a cascade of preventable misery and suffering.

Connecting Employees With NGOs for Impactful 3-Month Assignments

Our Merck Richard T. Clark Fellowship for Global Health program helps NGOs address some of the world’s most pressing health challenges

Each year, approximately 30 employees from around the world are selected to participate in our Fellowship program, a three-month, corporate pro bono program to support the efforts of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Experts Discuss Importance of Cancer Screenings and Early Detection

In this Teal Talks episode, TV host and cancer survivor Samantha Harris leads the conversation about the advances in cancer screenings and early prevention with three renowned cancer specialists

You may know Samantha Harris from hosting eight seasons of Dancing with the Stars and her many years on Entertainment Tonight, but she’s also a cancer survivor — or “cancer thriver,” as she prefers to be called.

At age 40, Harris was diagnosed with stage II invasive breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Since her diagnosis, the Emmy-winning TV personality has become a fierce advocate for living a healthier life to help prevent chronic diseases like cancer.

Merck Receives Dual Recognition As Top 50 Best Companies for Latinas and Top Hispano-Latino EBRG

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Not only are we recognized by LATINA Style 50 Awards as one of the Top 50 Best Companies for Latinas to work in the United States, our Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG), Alianza, has been named a top Hispano-Latino EBRG! We appreciate the honors that highlight our efforts to create a culture of belonging: https://bit.ly/3zAeDCw.

'We Are Encouraged To Be Who We Are': An LGBTQ+ Colleague Shares His Story

Lutz Staacke talks about finding a company that appreciates him for who he is

As a university student in Germany, Lutz Staacke studied special education and planned to become a teacher. But before he began his classroom training, he was warned not to be open about his sexuality.

Growing up in a small, conservative town, Staacke had plenty of experience hiding his identity as a gay person, but he was tired of hiding. Instead, he decided to pursue a different career.

“I said to myself, I have to do something different. I just want to be who I am,” said Staacke.

Merck Joins Novartis-Led Collaboration To Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials

New collaboration expands our clinical trials efforts to four Historically Black Medical School clinical trial Centers of Excellence

Increasing diversity in clinical trials plays a crucial role in helping to understand how a broad range of human bodies may respond to drugs or other treatments. That’s why we’re committed to enrolling a diverse body of participants in our clinical trials around the globe.

How We're Supporting the Advancement of Women of Color at Our Company

We joined forces with Paradigm for Parity to help build skills and capabilities needed for senior leadership roles

The path to C-suite or executive level positions requires experience with managing a company’s profit and loss, also referred to as P&L. However, many women, specifically women of color, don’t get the opportunity to take on this responsibility — potentially limiting their ability to rise through the ranks within a company.

WEConnect International Named Merck a 2022 Platinum Top Global Supplier, Diversity & Inclusion Champion

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We are thrilled to announce that WEConnect International has named us a 2022 Platinum Top Global Supplier, Diversity & Inclusion Champion! The Platinum level of recognition denotes the highest level of dedication to inclusive spend, policies and procedures: https://bit.ly/3z4F0Ax

STEM Mentorship Program Helps Underrepresented Students Shine


Diversity and inclusion have long been recognized as key attributes of high-performing teams in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Unfortunately, ethnically diverse groups are underrepresented in the STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

It’s essential to our industry and society that we do our part to nurture tomorrow’s rising diverse STEM experts. So, two of our discovery scientists decided to take action.

35 Years: The Mectizan® Donation Program

The Mectizan Donation Program is the longest-running, disease-specific drug donation program of its kind

Our commitment: “as much as needed, for as long as needed…"

For centuries, river blindness — also known as onchocerciasis — plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America and Yemen, and there was no answer to this affliction.


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