GRI Index
Reporting Frameworks

We are reporting on our corporate responsibility efforts in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Guidelines.

This framework offers a useful method for reporting on environmental, social and governance performance. Greater transparency on such matters is beneficial to our business because it helps to inform our stakeholders and also enables us to compare performance with that of peers on relevant metrics. We believe that this will help us focus on continuously improving the things that matter most.

Throughout this report, flags (such as the one above, “GRI G4-32”) denote which GRI indicators are relevant to the text, where applicable. Roll over a flag to see a brief description of that GRI indicator.

The table below summarizes where the disclosures can be found.

Assurance

WSP conducted an independent third party review of our 2015 greenhouse gas and water inventories, and provided limited assurance for the data that we submit to CDP and for the Corporate Responsibility report. This data can be found on our Water and Climate Change & Energy Use pages. Please see WSP’s limited assurance of our environmental data here.

Index # Description Report Location/Direct Answer

General Standard Disclosures

GRI G4-1
CEO Letter
GRI G4-3
Organization name
Merck & Co., Inc.
Kenilworth, N.J., USA
GRI G4-4
Primary brands, products and services
GRI G4-5
Headquarters location
Kenilworth, N.J., USA
GRI G4-6
Where the organization operates
Company Fact Sheet

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonedia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam
GRI G4-7
Nature of ownership and legal form
2015 Form 10-K (page 31)
GRI G4-8
Markets served
GRI G4-9
Scale of the organization
Economic Impact
2015 Form 10-K (pages 16–17, 33, 41)
GRI G4-10
Total number of employees by type
GRI G4-11
Collective bargaining agreements
GRI G4-12
Supply chain description
GRI G4-13
Organizational changes during the reporting period
About This Report
2015 Form 10-K (pages 16–17, 61)
GRI G4-14
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principal is addressed.
GRI G4-16
Membership associations
GRI G4-17
Entities included in financial statements
GRI G4-18
Process for defining report boundaries and content
GRI G4-19
Material aspects included in the report
GRI G4-22
Restatements
Restatements of information are included on the specific performance data pages and tabs.
GRI G4-23
Changes from previous reports in terms of scope and/or boundaries
None
GRI G4-26
Approach to stakeholder engagement
GRI G4-31
Report contact
GRI G4-28
Reporting period
January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015
GRI G4-29
Date of most recent report
Released in September 2015
GRI G4-30
Reporting cycle
Annual
GRI G4-32
"In accordance" option, GRI Index and report assurance
This report has been produced in alignment with GRI's G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. You may find information on our external assurance of data on our FAQ page.
GRI G4-33
Policy regarding report assurance
GRI G4-34
Governance structure of the organization
GRI G4-39
Whether the chair of the board is also an executive officer
GRI G4-40
Nomination and selection processes for the board and its committees.
GRI G4-41
Board conflicts of interest.
2016 Proxy Statement
Policies of the Board http://www.merck.com/about/leadership/board-of-directors/home.html
GRI G4-42
Board and executives’ roles in the organization’s mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to sustainability impacts
GRI G4-43
Board knowledge of sustainability topics
GRI G4-45
Board role in the identification and management of sustainability impacts, risks, and opportunities
GRI G4-46
Board ESG review of risk management processes
GRI G4-48
Report review
GRI G4-49
Board communication
GRI G4-51
Remuneration policies for the board and senior executives
2016 Proxy Statement (pages 39–69)
GRI G4-52
Process for determining remuneration
2016 Proxy Statement (pages 39–69)
GRI G4-53
Remuneration shareholder resolutions
2016 Proxy Statement (pages 38, 40)
GRI G4-56
Values and principles
GRI G4-57
Ethics hotlines
GRI G4-58
Whistleblowing

Specific Standard Disclosures

DMA
Economic Performance: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EC1
Economic value
GRI G4-EC2
Climate change risks
Climate Change & Energy Use
2015 Form 10-K (page 17)
CDP Climate Change (CC5.1–CC5.1c, CC6.1–CC6.1c)
GRI G4-EC3
Benefit plan coverage
DMA
Indirect Economic Impacts: Disclosure on Management Approach
DMA
Materials: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN2
Recycled input materials
DMA
Energy: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN3
Energy consumption (Scope 1 + 2)
GRI G4-EN4
Energy consumption (Scope 3)
DMA
Water: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN8
Water withdrawals by source
GRI G4-EN9
Water sources affected by withdrawals
CDP Water 2016 (W2.6, W3.2a, W5.1)
DMA
Emissions: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN15
GHG emissions (Scope 1)
Climate Change & Energy Use: Performance
CDP Climate Change 2016 (CC7.1–CC7.4, CC8.1, CC8.2, CC9.1a, CC9.2d)
GRI G4-EN16
GHG emissions (Scope 2)
Climate Change & Energy Use: Performance
CDP Climate Change 2016 (CC7.1–CC7.4, CC8.3a, CC10.1a, CC10.2c)
GRI G4-EN17
GHG emissions (Scope 3)
GRI G4-EN18
GHG emissions intensity
CDP Climate Change (CC12.2–CC12.4)
GRI G4-EN19
Reduction of GHG emissions
Climate Change & Energy Use: Performance
CDP Climate Change 2016 (CC7.1–CC7.4, CC12.1, CC12.1a, CC14.3a)
GRI G4-EN20
Ozone-depleting substances (ODS)
GRI G4-EN21
NOx, SOx and other emissions
DMA
Effluents & Waste: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN22
Water discharge
CDP Water 2016 (W0.3, W1.2, W1.2b)
GRI G4-EN23
Waste by type and disposal method
GRI G4-EN24
Significant spills
DMA
Products & Services: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN27
Mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services
DMA
Compliance: Disclosure on Management Approach
DMA
Transport: Disclosure on Management Approach
Not available
GRI G4-EN30
Environmental impacts from product distribution and employee travel
DMA
Environmental Investments: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN31
Environmental investments
Water: Initiatives

We report on some of our environmental expenditures in the 2015 Form 10-K (pages 17, 70, 114–115). These expenditures are integrated into our sites' operating budgets. We do not currently have a system to tag expenditures as related to environmental protection and report them separately.
DMA
Supplier Environmental: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-EN32
New suppliers screened using environmental criteria
DMA
Employment: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-LA1
Number and rate of new employee hires and turnover
GRI G4-LA2
Benefits provided to full-time employees
DMA
Occupational Health & Safety: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-LA6
Rates of injury, occupational disease, lost days, absenteeism, and work-related fatalities
GRI G4-LA7
Workers with high incidence risk for diseases
GRI G4-LA8
Health and safety topics covered in agreements with trade unions
While we do have a “Health and Safety” section in our U.S. trade union agreements, the specific language varies from agreement to agreement. They address medical services and surveillance, the company’s commitment to make a responsible provision for employee health and safety, and in some cases address protective equipment training.
DMA
Training & Education: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-LA9
Average hours of training for employees
We conduct extensive training programs worldwide, however, we do not currently track the average number of hours of training per employee.
GRI G4-LA11
Employees receiving performance and career development reviews
DMA
Diversity: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-LA12
Composition of governance bodies and employees
DMA
Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-LA14
New suppliers that were screened using labor practices criteria
DMA
Human Rights Investments: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-HR1
Investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or underwent screening
GRI G4-HR2
Employee training on human rights
DMA
Freedom of Association: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-HR4
Significant risk of freedom of association in operations and suppliers
DMA
Child Labor: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-HR5
Significant risk of child labor in operations and suppliers
DMA
Forced or Compulsory Labor: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-HR6
Significant risk of forced or compulsory labor in operations and suppliers
DMA
Human Rights Assessments
GRI G4-HR10
New suppliers screened for human rights
DMA
Supplier Human Rights Assessments: Disclosure on Management Approach
DMA
Local Communities: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-SO5
Confirmed incidents of corruption
GRI G4-SO1
Local community engagement, impact assessments and development programs
DMA
Anti-Corruption: Disclosure on Management Approach
DMA
Public Policy: Disclosure on Management Approach
DMA
Anti-Competitive Behavior: Disclosure on Management Approach
Not available
GRI G4-SO7
Anti-competitive behavior
2015 Form 10-K (pages 109–110)
DMA
Compliance: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-SO8
Fines for non-compliance with laws
DMA
Customer Health & Safety: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-PR2
Non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services
DMA
Product & Service Labeling: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-PR3
Product and service information
GRI G4-PR4
Non-compliance with regulations concerning product and service labeling
GRI G4-PR5
Surveys measuring customer satisfaction
We do not report on this indicator as it is unlawful due to privacy laws to have a global, companywide harmonized customer database that contains identifying information about our customers that could be accessed on an inter-country level.
DMA
Marketing & Communications: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-PR7
Non-compliance with regulations concerning marketing communications
DMA
Customer Privacy: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-PR8
Complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data
DMA
Compliance: Disclosure on Management Approach
GRI G4-PR9
Significant fines
Not available