Overview

OUR GIVING

We strive to find sustainable solutions to key global health challenges and to strengthen communities where our employees live and work.

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DONATING MEDICINES AND VACCINES TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND IN HUMANITARIAN CRISES

It’s not enough to discover and develop new medicines and vaccines, we also need to help get them to those in need. We do this through donations that address specific health needs, whether in communities with a fundamental lack of access to health care and services, or in acute or protracted humanitarian crises.

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PARTNERSHIPS HELP TO MAXIMIZE OUR PHILANTHROPIC WORK IN COMMUNITIES

Our philanthropic investments and programs are guided by key principles and priorities. We seek to address critical global health needs, collaborate with partners, and leverage not only donations but also our expertise in the areas of global health where we have substantial expertise and capability.

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FIELD-BASED LEARNING THROUGH THE MSD FELLOWSHIP FOR GLOBAL HEALTH

Our 3-month pro bono program is designed to match the skills and talents of our employees with NGOs around the world. Employees gain invaluable experience alongside NGO staff and community members as they help build organizational capacity and increase access to health services, products and education.

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Our Giving At-a-Glance

Our Giving and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The interactive graphic below indicates which SDGs we are addressing with regard to our Giving efforts. Hovering over the icons will give you a description of the goal, with links to more information.

For a list of all of the global goals which our company is working toward, and a directory of pages with our related initiatives and performance data, please visit our Sustainable Development Goals page.

Grants and Contributions Summary
20112012201320142015
Grants and contributions (total cash, in-kind and product, in millions)1 $1,270$1,696$1,860$1,543$1,820
Cash grants and contributions (in millions)$73$70$107$111$133
Product donations through U.S. Patient Assistance Program (in millions)$301$559$566$433$567
Product donations for ex-U.S. programs and U.S. disaster relief (in millions)2$893$1,067$1,185$997$1,117
Valuation of employee volunteer time (in-kind, in millions)3$0$0$2.0$2.2$2.9
1 Beginning in 2013, total giving includes “in-kind” contributions.
2 Includes our Medical Outreach Program (including U.S. disaster relief), the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships, the MECTIZAN® Donation Program, the GARDASIL® Access Program and MSD division and subsidiary donations.
3 Includes valuation of volunteer time for only those employees who participated in the MSD Fellowship for Global Health, and our company’s Legal Pro Bono and other skills-based volunteer programs.

We aim to improve health care quality and health system capacity as well as increase access to care for underserved populations in selected areas of global health need and relevance to our company.

We provide financial support and share the expertise of our employees through grant and volunteer programs that address critical health, social and environmental issues in communities where we have a presence.

Our employees have the opportunity to take up to 40 hours of paid time off annually to engage in volunteer activities that support eligible nonprofit organizations. We are proud of our employees’ dedication to serving others.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR GIVING