The foundation of our strategy is our unwavering commitment to our values of ethics and integrity. It takes more than having the right mechanisms, standards and training in place to ensure an open, ethical business environment. We work hard to make sure we live up to our own high standards every day.

Code of Conduct

Our Values and Standards, our Code of Conduct, is considered to be the foundation of our company’s success. These values and standards apply worldwide, wherever our company does business.

Ethics and compliance training is an important part of creating a strong culture, and our program is reflective of the Code of Conduct and corporate policies tailored to meet the needs of different groups of employees within the organization. All employees are required to complete the assigned ethics and compliance courses.


of our employees completed training on our Code of Conduct

A Commitment to Transparency

We aspire to be open and transparent about how we operate in order to earn and retain the trust and confidence of our stakeholders.

We have a long history of making our medicines and vaccines accessible and affordable through responsible pricing practices and industry-leading patient access programs. As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and to help people better understand our pricing practices, we are disclosing information about our price actions in the United States.

Awards & Recognition

We have been recognized for our commitment to ethics and transparency.

We received a score of 100% on HRC's 2016 Corporate Equality Index
Ranked in the First Tier on the Index, which benchmarks the top 300 companies in the S&P 500

Elements of an Effective Compliance Program

As part of our long-standing commitment to ethics and good corporate citizenship, we adopt policies and procedures to facilitate compliance with the laws and regulations that govern the way we market and sell our medicines, vaccines and other products.

Global Privacy Program

We strive to be good data stewards in order to balance our data needs with our responsibilities to the people and communities we service.

The SDGs and Ethics & Transparency

This interactive graphic indicates which of the UN SDGs most closely aligns with our commitment to ethics and transparency.

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This is the corporate responsibility report of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A., which is known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada.