Top Company for Employee Resource Groups: Merck & Co.
Accepting award: Willie Deese, Executive Vice President and President, Merck Manufacturing Division
Reasons for Honor:
Merck has nine Employee Business Resource Groups with 60 chapters, including groups based on veteran status and religion. Each group has its own business plan, tied to corporate business.
Merck places priorities on talent and inclusion, reputation, corporate social responsibility and business insights, which impacts product launches on the current product portfolio.
Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier meets regularly with resource groups, including small-group meetings. Most top-level executives are sponsors of resource groups.
Resource groups are available to all U.S. employees and many globally, and engagement, retention, promotions and contributions of the groups are assessed.