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Merck & Co.: No. 14 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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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.


Kenneth C. Frazier
Chairman and CEO
“At Merck, we believe there is strength in differences. Our ability to deliver on our mission of saving and improving lives relies on having diverse teams of talented employees. Their varied skills, experiences and cultural perspectives help us better understand the needs of diverse customers, healthcare providers and patients.”

David Gonzales
Global Chief Diversity Officer
“Merck is focused on becoming the employer of choice for the 21st century workforce: one that is inclusive of the world’s top, diverse employees, and driven by the desire to apply cutting-edge science to develop meaningful medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives around the world.”



U.S. Headquarters: Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Global Employees: 76,000

U.S. Employees: 26,717


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