U.S. Headquarters: Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Global Employees: 83,000
U.S. Employees: 32,642
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 16
Why It’s on the List
On the list for the 11th year in a row, Merck & Co. continues to create inclusive workplaces in the United States and globally.
Chairman, President and CEO Kenneth Frazier signs off on executive compensation tied to diversity, meets quarterly with resource groups, and personally communicates his commitment to D&I through the company intranet and the corporate website. Almost all of his direct reports are executive sponsors of resource groups.
Frazier chairs the executive diversity council, which meets quarterly. Succession-planning efforts include women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians.
Merck has nine resource groups and all employees can join them. This includes groups for veterans, employees with disabilities, LGBT employees and allies, and groups based on religion. The groups are used for talent development, marketing to communities, recruitment and on-boarding, mentoring, and to assist in diversity-training initiatives. The groups focus on key business objectives, such as the Merck for Mothers campaign and health literacy.
Merck has strong supplier-diversity efforts in place, including outreach to LGBT suppliers and veterans with disabilities. The company offers mentoring and financial education to suppliers.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 9 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Asian-Americans
- No. 9 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity
Chairman and CEO
“At Merck, diversity and innovation go hand in hand. In fact, they are inseparable. The life-saving Merck medicines and vaccines that benefit people around the world result from the unique experiences, perspectives and hard work of our diverse and talented team. Without them, we cannot fulfill our mission.”
Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Talent Development Leader
“At Merck, we have a deep appreciation of the importance of having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our patients and customers around the world. We believe that the unique and collective ideas and perspectives of our diverse talent allow us to develop innovative solutions in our continuing legacy to help the world be well.”