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No. 16 | Merck & Co. | DiversityInc Top 50

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Diversity and inclusion are critical to the business success model of this pharmaceutical company. Merck & Co. has been a mainstay on this list for 12 years.

Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier, who chairs the executive diversity council, is a visible supporter of Merck & Co.’s commitment to diversity. Frazier signs off on compensation tied to diversity metrics and meets quarterly with resource groups.

Merck has made tremendous strides in its employee resource groups. Last year, Willie Deese, Executive Vice President and President, Merck Manufacturing Division, accepted our Special Award for Top Company for Employee Resource Groups. Merck has nine groups with 60 chapters. The groups are available to all U.S. employees, and engagement, retention, promotions and contributions of the groups are assessed.

Merck has also been at the forefront of companies that are making an effort to reach out to veterans. Across the country, the company employs hundreds of veterans, in areas such as research and development, information technology, finance and manufacturing. There is also an employee resource group for veterans.


Kenneth Frazier
President and CEO

“Merck is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment that embraces different perspectives and values the contributions of each individual. Having a globally and locally diverse workforce makes us a more innovative and agile company – and one better attuned to the needs of our customers, health care providers and patients who ultimately use our products.”
Celeste Warren
Vice President, Human Resources and Global Diversity & Inclusion COE

“At Merck, global diversity and inclusion drives our business by breaking down barriers and changing mindsets so we can unleash the powerful potential of our employees,” said Celeste Warren, Vice President for Merck Manufacturing Division and Global Diversity and Inclusion. “As we continue our journey, we want to attract and retain the world’s top, diverse employees who have a passion for applying the best science to develop medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives.”


U.S. Headquarters: White House Station, N.J.
Global Employees: 69,388
U.S. Employees: 22,208
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 14


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