We recognize that our external stakeholders, including customers, communities, neighbors and shareholders have an interest in how we conduct ourselves and how we support our commitment to society.
Our philanthropy must reflect efficient, responsible, and ethical judgment and behavior. This is why our charitable contributions are periodically audited to ensure consistency in our giving criteria and grant-making as well as adherence to compliance and transparency requirements. Additionally, our Foundation’s Board of Trustees provides oversight and strategic direction for the Foundation’s program investments.
Our Office of Corporate Responsibility provides cash and product donations, and coordinates employee volunteerism and disaster-relief assistance. The Foundation serves to fund qualified nonprofits and philanthropic organizations.
We use an online grants management system, which allows qualified, nonprofit organizations that are seeking cash contributions to electronically submit proposals and supporting documents. It also facilitates the submission of all required compliance documentation and helps ensure consistent review of grant requests.
We manage our philanthropic giving through two means:
- The Office of Corporate Responsibility supports charitable programs through cash and product donations and employee volunteerism. The Office of Corporate Responsibility also coordinates the company’s disaster-relief assistance throughout the world.
- Our company’s Foundation, funded entirely by Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, serves as the company’s chief source of funding support to qualified nonprofit charitable and philanthropic organizations whose initiatives address important societal needs and whose goals are consistent with our giving priorities.
We report the company’s charitable contributions and the Foundation’s grants on this website and update the information quarterly.