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Awards &

Awards &
Our Approach

Over the years, we have received numerous awards and recognition for our comprehensive approach to corporate responsibility. The following is a selection of awards and recognition received throughout 2015 and 2016.

Global Recognition

Access to Medicine Index
We ranked number 7 on the 2014 Access to Medicine Index. The Index, published every two years, provides an independent assessment of the efforts of research-based pharmaceutical companies to improve access in developing countries. (November 2014)

Calvert Investments
Using an in-depth methodology, Calvert examines diversity policies, programs and performance; identifies the leaders and laggards; and provides recommendations to help companies identify and remedy operational gaps. Based on the diversity criteria in the Calvert report, our company ranked among the 10 highest-rated companies overall in the Calvert Investments 2015 survey. (March 2015)

CECP (Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy)
Our chairman and CEO, Kenneth C. Frazier, was recognized as being a “Force for Good” by CECP, a global nonprofit organization and coalition of CEOs who believe societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Mr. Frazier was honored for his “focus on a long-term commitment to innovative research and development as well as business and humanitarian initiatives to improve global health.” (February 2015)

Corporate Responsibility Magazine
We placed number 42 in Corporate Responsibility’s 17th annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list, recognizing public companies across the U.S. for outstanding corporate responsibility performances in 2015. The magazine also ranked our company number 3 in the “Best Corporate Citizens: Employee Relations” category, based on our performance related to diversity and inclusion and to employee benefits. (April 2016)

eHealthcare Leadership
The Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Manuals’ professional and consumer websites received five eHealthcare Leadership Awards during the 19th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference. The Manuals have committed to making the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion health care professionals and patients on every continent by 2020. (December 2015)

Our company was ranked number 5 within the pharmaceutical industry in Fortune magazine’s 2016 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” (February 2016)

FTSE4Good Index
Our company remains a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index. The FTSE4Good Index series measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. We have been a part of this leading index since 2008. (June 2016)

Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health
MSD for Mothers’ collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IntraHealth received the Resolve Award for Service Delivery from the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health. The award was given in recognition of innovative and scalable health care service–delivery methods implemented in Senegal, West Africa. (March 2015)

IAOP (The Association with Collaboration at its Core)
Our Externalization Center of Excellence (CoE) team was honored by IAOP as one of two winners of the sixth annual “Global Excellence in Outsourcing” award in the “Best Practices” category for the development of a CoE that contributed to the realization of 25–30 percent savings over the respective contractual term (typically 3–5-year contract terms). (February 2016)

For the third year in a row, our company has made the ranks of InformationWeek’s “Elite 100” companies, ranking number 74 on the 2016 list. The InformationWeek Elite 100 tracks the IT practices of the nation’s most innovative organizations and examines the business practices of these firms across core areas of operations, including technology deployment, IT budgets, business technology infrastructure and strategies. (February 2016)

MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series
We are a top 10 constituent of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of global benchmark indexes that has over 500 equity and fixed-income environmental, social, and governance (ESG) indexes. The family of MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes includes the MSCI World ESG Index, the MSCI EM ESG Index and the MSCI ACWI ESG Index. (May 2016)

Pet’s & Vet’s Packaging Forum
Our Animal Health business in France was given the “Packaging Innovation” award in the veterinary products category by the Pet’s & Vet’s Packaging Forum for our anti-inflammatory for cattle, FINADYNE® Transdermal (flunixin meglumine). The award was established in 2014 to encourage innovative achievements in packaging, veterinary drugs and devices. Our company was recognized for the innovative capacity of our research and for our commitment to supporting treatment adherence by providing veterinarians with the most suitable and practical delivery devices. (February 2015)

Premier Inc.
We were among five companies honored by Premier Inc. with a 2016 “Continuum of Care” award for excellence in supporting Premier’s alliance members. Premier is a leading health care improvement company whose members include approximately 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other providers. Our company was recognized for the outstanding sales and services support it provides to the many physician practices and other vaccine users around the country. We were the only award recipient in the biopharma supplier category, and the only health care company. (June 2016)

U.S. News and World Report
The HMR Diet, developed by HMR Weight Management Services, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, earned the number 1 spot as the “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” in U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Diets of 2016.” HMR also held its position as the number 2 “Best Weight-Loss Diet” in the annual list for the second year in a row. (January 2016)

VOCÊ Magazine
Our Animal Health business was named to VOCÊ magazine’s 2015 list of “Top 150 Companies to Work for in Brazil”—claiming the number 1 spot in the animal health category. In addition, a panel of executives rated the subsidiary one of the most admired companies in this priority market. This is the second year in a row in which our Animal Health team has received top placement, having come in first in the overall health care category in 2014. MSD (Human Health) in Brazil also made the 2015 list in the pharmaceutical category. Você S/A is the leading human resources publication in Brazil. (November 2015)

Access to Health

Animal Pharm
Our Animal Health business won the “Best New Product–Companion Animals” and “Best Pipeline” categories at the Animal Pharm Awards 2015. Animal Pharm is the world’s leading online news and information service for the animal health sector. (January 2016)

Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Council
Our company has once again been recognized in 2016 by the Manufacturing Leadership Awards as a winner in two categories: “Supply Chain Leadership,” for our Supply Chain Planning transformation initiative, and “Mobility in Manufacturing Leadership,” for our Mobility in Clean Room Manufacturing project. These awards honor organizations and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing, and winning organizations are recognized for leveraging best-in-class processes, technologies and engaged teams to distinguish themselves from the competition. (February 2016)

Maternity Care Coalition
We were honored with the “Spirit of Motherhood” award by the Maternity Care Coalition for MSD for Mothers’ U.S. and international efforts to bring together community organizations, the scientific and medical community and others who contribute their expertise and raise awareness to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. (February 2015)

Nobel Assembly
William C. Campbell, a retired scientist from our company’s research laboratories, was jointly named the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine with Satoshi Omura, for the discovery of avermectin, which led to our company’s development of Mectizan®(ivermectin), a treatment for river blindness (also known as onchocerciasis) in Africa, Latin America and Yemen. They shared the prize with Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy for treatment of malaria. (October 2015)

Popular Science Magazine
Our company’s investigational Ebola vaccine, V920 (rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP), received Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New in 2015” award in the health category. Each year Popular Science recognizes the “Best of What’s New”—100 innovations that are brilliant, revolutionary and bound to shape the future. (November 2015)

Prix Galien USA
KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) received the Prix Galien USA 2015 award for “Best Biotechnology Product.” The Prix Galien award is an internationally recognized award that identifies the pharmaceutical industry’s outstanding achievement in the development of new medicines. This latest award for KEYTRUDA® is our seventh Prix Galien USA award in nine years. (October 2015)

Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS)
Our Global Clinical Trial Operations team won the 2015 “Eagle” award from the Society for Clinical Research Sites, at the 2015 Global Site Solutions Summit. We were chosen from a group of 12 other finalists as the clinical trial sponsor demonstrating the strongest commitment to clinical site partnership by votes from clinical research site professionals. (October 2015)

Environmental Sustainability

In 2015, our company was awarded “Disclosure Leadership Status” by the CDP for our Climate Change Investor Report. The CDP is an international not-for-profit organization that provides a global system with which companies and cities can measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. Companies voluntarily submit annual reports, and the CDP scores the reports based on transparency in disclosure and performance. Our company’s CDP scores have improved every year since 2009, with an all-time high score for our company in 2015. (November 2015)

National Environment Agency (NEA)
MSD in Singapore was among the organizations recognized by the NEA for outstanding commitment and achievements toward energy efficiency at the Energy Efficiency National Partnership Awards 2015. Our company was one of four recipients in the category of “Excellence in Energy Management.” Recipients were selected for their excellence in driving industrial energy efficiency and leveraging best practices while also achieving significant energy savings. (October 2015)

Newsweek Green Rankings
We ranked number 150 on Newsweek’s “2016 Global 500 Green Rankings” list and number 82 on the 2016 U.S. 500 list. The 2016 Newsweek rankings measure the environmental performance of large public companies using eight key performance indicators, including energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation. (June 2016)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Our company received an ENERGY STAR “2016 Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence” award from the EPA for our continued improvement in energy performance and leadership in energy management, in both the pharmaceutical and industrial sectors. Our company has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 1995 and has been recognized by the EPA for 11 consecutive years—twice as “Partner of the Year,” and now for a ninth time for “Sustained Excellence.” (April 2016)

Whitehouse Council on Environmental Quality
We were recognized for both disclosing emissions and implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) targets on the White House’s Federal Supplier Greenhouse Gas Management Scorecard. The scorecard was developed to encourage major federal suppliers to adopt uniform standards in line with the new aggressive efficiency standards for federal agencies. (March 2015)


Aon Hewitt and LinkedIn
For the second consecutive year, MSD in China was awarded the Aon Hewitt “Best Employer” award for 2016. Award winners were chosen from among 108 domestic and multinational candidate companies from 11 industries operating in 192 Chinese cities. Each candidate company was evaluated on four indicators: “Compelling Employer Brand,” “High Employee Engagement,” “Effective Leadership” and “High Performance Culture.” (April 2016)

Black Enterprise Magazine
We were named to Black Enterprise’s “40 Best Companies for Diversity” list for 2015. Our company was singled out for our commitment to diversity in senior management and on our Board of Directors. We were the only pharmaceutical company to make the list. (October 2015)

Business Insider Magazine
We ranked number 50 on Business Insider’s list of the best companies to work for in America. (April 2015)

CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine
We were ranked number 33 on the “Readers’ Choice 2016 Top 50 Employers” list by CAREERS & the disABLED magazine, the nation’s first and only career-guidance and recruitment magazine for people with disabilities. The list honors corporations for creating a progressive environment for people with disabilities, as reported by readers of the magazine. (March 2016)

We were recognized for the 14th consecutive year as one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” by DiversityInc, ranking number 17 in 2016. (April 2016)

Equal Opportunity Magazine
Our company ranked number 19 in the 22nd annual “Top 50 Employers 2016 Readers Choice Awards” in Equal Opportunity magazine. Readers selected the top companies in the country for which they would most prefer to work or that they believed would provide a positive working environment for members of minority groups. (March 2016)

Executive Leadership Council (ELC)
Our chairman and CEO, Kenneth C. Frazier, was honored by the ELC at its 2015 Recognition Gala. Mr. Frazier accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Executive Leadership Foundation (ELF), celebrating individuals and corporations for their support of diversity, inclusion and achievement in business. (September 2015)

Human Resources
MSD in Singapore garnered two silver awards at the 2016 Human Resources Asia Recruitment Awards event, organized by Human Resource, Asia’s only regional HR media and events organization. In recognition of the staffing team’s unique ability to help MSD build a world-class data science team within a year, awards were received in the categories of “Best Recruitment Innovation by a Corporate HR Team” and “Best In-house Recruitment Team.” (April 2016)

Military Times Magazine
Our company ranked number 50 on the Military Times magazine list of prestigious top 75 “Best for Vets: Employers 2016.” We received this distinction for the many initiatives underway across the company to attract, select, engage and retain employees with past military service. We are the only pharmaceutical company on the list, which includes other Fortune 100 companies such as Verizon, Boeing, PwC and GE. (March 2016)

Minority Engineer Magazine
We ranked number 17 on Minority Engineer’s 2016 “Readers’ Choice Top 50 Employers” list. Readers were asked to name employers with whom they would most like to work or that they believed would provide a positive working environment for members of minority groups. (March 2016)

Professional Woman’s Magazine
Professional Woman’s Magazine once again named our company to its “Best of the Best” list of “Top Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotech Companies” in 2016. The magazine polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for its 2016 Best of the Best evaluations. It provides non-biased results that are a valuable resource for job-seekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups. (March 2016)

Our company’s “The Facts About Fasting During Ramadan” innovative patient-education initiative won the “Global PR Breakthrough” award at the 2015 PRWeek Global Awards ceremony. The award recognizes “transformative work that crosses national borders and brings a company to a new level of engagement or understanding among key stakeholders.” (April 2015)

Top Employers Institute
MSD in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland were awarded “Top Employers 2016” certification by Top Employers Institute. The Institute’s comprehensive independent research revealed that these MSD organizations provide exceptional employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization and demonstrate leadership status in the HR environment, always striving to optimize employment practices and develop their employees. (February 2016)

U.S. Veterans Magazine
We were listed among the companies recognized in U.S. Veterans magazine’s 2016 evaluation of the nation’s “Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies.” (May 2016)

Working Mother Magazine
In 2015, our company was named to Working Mother’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Moms” for the 29th straight year. This list recognizes companies dedicated to providing employees with benefits, including career advancement, childcare, flexible work arrangements and leave for new parents. (September 2015)

Ethics & Transparency

Corporate Equality Index
We received a score of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index and placed on its “Best Places to Work” list in recognition of our company’s commitment to global diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. (March 2016)

CPA-Zicklin Index
We ranked in the first tier on the CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Accountability and Disclosure, which benchmarks the top 300 companies in the S&P 500 on their political-spending disclosure and oversight. (September 2015)


China Social Responsibility Summit
The efforts of MSD in China were recognized when it received the “Best Philanthropic Work in Corporate Responsibility” award at the China Social Responsibility Summit, held in Beijing in January 2015. The award singled out MSD for its outstanding philanthropic efforts in 2014, including the disaster relief support provided in Jiangsu and Yunnan provinces following a devastating explosion and earthquake. (January 2015)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
We ranked number 12 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of the most charitable public companies in corporate America, based on cash contributions. The rankings are based on a survey of the top 150 U.S. companies in the Fortune 500 as well as on information from public documents filed with the IRS and the SEC. Fortune cited our company’s focus on reducing maternal mortality and our commitment to employee volunteerism through the MSD Fellowship for Global Health. (June 2016)

Also, in its annual survey of philanthropic giving by U.S. corporations, the Chronicle ranked our company third in “in-kind” giving among organizations that donated more than $1 billion in products and services. (June 2016)

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN)
Our company’s Pro Bono Legal Program was among the recipients of the PLAN 2015 Excellence Awards. The PLAN Excellence Awards are presented each year to individuals, groups or organizations that have demonstrated excellence and diligence in improving the availability and quality of civil legal services for low-income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania. (March 2015)

Seeding Labs
Our company received the Seeding Labs’ “Most Instrumental” award for making the most cumulative lifetime donations. During the 2016 “Positively Instrumental” event, held at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we were honored as the first company to reach Seeding Labs’ highest equipment donor level by making donations worth over $1 million. Since 2010, our company has donated more than 1,200 pieces of lab equipment, mostly from our Boston, Massachusetts, site, that have benefited universities in seven developing countries. (March 2016)