WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
A consistent presence on this list, the drug company has placed a strong emphasis on talent development and its employee resource groups. Merck & Co. has deep diversity leadership through Kenneth Frazier, its Chairman and CEO. He meets quarterly with resource groups, signs off on compensation tied to diversity metrics, and chairs the executive diversity council.
The commitment is echoed by his direct reports. For example, Willie Deese, Executive Vice President and President, Merck Manufacturing Division, is a board member of North Carolina A&T State University (a Historically Black University). And Bridgette Heller, Executive Vice President and President, Merck Consumer Care, is a member and former chair of the national board of directors of Girls Inc.
Merck has nine Employee Business Resource Groups with 60 chapters. These include groups for veterans and those based on age and religion. Each group has a specific business plan and must deliver against key strategic business priorities around such topics as talent and inclusion and reputation/corporate social responsibility. Thirty percent of U.S. employees are members of at least one of these groups.
Chairman and CEO
Global Chief Diversity Officer
U.S. Headquarters: Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Global Employees: 76,000
U.S. Employees: 26,717
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