Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

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 2017 and 2018.


Corporate Knights

Our company ranked #13 among Corporate Knights’ 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We were one of three U.S. pharmaceutical companies to make the list, which was announced during the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (January 2018)

Corporate Responsibility Magazine

Corporate Responsibility Magazine ranked our company #22 on its 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. The list recognizes environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States. (May 2018)

Dividend Channel

Our company was named a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock by Dividend Channel, signifying a stock with above-average ”Dividend Rank” statistics, including a strong 3 percent yield, as well as being recognized by prominent asset managers as being a socially responsible investment, through analysis of social and environmental criteria. (January 2018)

Fortune Magazine

In Fortune magazine’s latest “Change the World” list, a ranking of 57 companies that are doing well by doing good, our company was ranked #2 on the list for our leadership role in the fight against Ebola. (August 2018)

Ken Frazier, our company’s chairman and CEO, was named to the #5 spot on Fortune’s World’s Greatest 50 Leaders list. (April 2018)

Our company ranked #1 among our peers for innovation and #2 overall across the industry on Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. Companies are rated on nine criteria from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. (January 2018)

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. (August 2018)

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

Our company received the highest E&S QualityScore from Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS). The E&S QualityScore measures a company’s understanding of its environmental and social risks; preparedness to face and mitigate those risks; and an indication of the company’s commitment to being held accountable to those risks. (June 2018)


Our company received “Prime Status” on the ISS-oekom Corporate Rating, one of the world’s leading ESG research and rating agencies for sustainable investments.

JUST Capital

Forbes—in partnership with Just Capital—analyzed nearly 1,000 U.S. publicly-traded companies to determine which have the best and most just business behavior. As a result, our company was named to the 2018 Just 100 List. The rankings provide a comprehensive measurement of how U.S. companies perform on the issues Americans care about most. (December 2017)

MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series

We remain a top 10 constituent of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of global benchmark indexes that has over 500 equity and fixed-income 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 2017)

Sustainable Greece 2020

MSD in Greece was named as one of the most sustainable companies in Greece. Sustainable Greece 2020 is an initiative of the Quality Net Foundation that aims to create a development model ensuring a sustainable economy and society in Greece. (March 2018)


TIME Magazine named Ken Frazier, our company’s chairman and CEO, to the 2018 TIME 100, its annual list of the most influential people in the world. The list, now in its fifteenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. (April 2018)

Wall Street Journal

Our company ranked #42 on the Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250 List. The ranking of U.S. companies by the Drucker Institute, measures performance on customer service, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength. (December 2017)



Our company was conferred “Best 2017 Immuno-oncology Breakthrough” for KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) and “Best 2017 Vaccine Breakthrough” for our Ebola vaccine at the 8th Annual BioPharma Industry Awards 2018 celebrated in Singapore on March 1, 2018.  BioPharma Awards recognize organizations and individual contributions to innovation and standards of excellence in Asia’s biopharma industry, with all finalists determined through industry votes. (March 2018) 

Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Council

Our company was named the recipient of a 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan for “Engineering & Product Technology: Design, Evaluation, and Implementation of Single-Use Components for Ebola Zaire Vaccine Drug Substance Manufacturing.” The awards are part of Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, recognizing those that are shaping the future of global manufacturing across all industries. (March 2018)


American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced its 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index and recognized our company at the gold level for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. In addition to our 2018 gold achievement, we received AHA silver recognition in 2017. (August 2018)

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Our company was named to the 2018 list of Top 50 Places to Work for Native American STEM Professionals by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) in the spring edition of Winds of Change. AISES represents American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. (Spring 2018)

National Association of Asian MBAs (AscendNAAMBA)

Our company was recognized with the “Employer of Choice Award for High Achieving Pan Asian Millennials” at the AscendNAAMBA 7th Annual Conference and Career Exposition. (September 2017)

Best Employer in China

MSD China was awarded the 2017 Best Employer in China Award from Aon Hewitt, a global leader in human resources solutions. This is third consecutive year that MSD has been honored with this award. (August 2017)

Black Enterprise

Our company was named to Black Enterprise’s Best Companies for Diversity List. Black Enterprise and The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent organization of black global senior managers, continues to recognize the 50 Best Companies for Diversity, identifying those companies creating pathways to more dynamic workforces, representative corporate governance, expansive supplier pools and inclusive management. (January 2018)

CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine

We were ranked #14, up from #17 in 2017, on the “Readers’ Choice 2018 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. (February 2018)

DIVERSEability Magazine

Our company was recognized as a Top Disability-Friendly Company by DIVERSEability Magazine. (August 2018)

Disability Equality Index®

Our Company was recognized for earning a perfect 100% score on the 2018 Disability Equality Index® and named as a “Best Place to Work” for Disability Inclusion. The index is aimed at promoting inclusivity and understanding of people with disabilities in the workplace. (July 2018)

Diversity Best Practices

Our company was named as a member of the Diversity Best Practices 2017 Inclusion Index. Results from the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index provide information to help companies understand gaps in demographic representation, and target their efforts to find and implement diversity and inclusion strategies and solutions. (December 2017)

Equal Opportunity Magazine

Our company ranked #3 in the 17th annual “Top 50 Employers 2018 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 2018)

G.I. Jobs Magazine

Our company earned “Gold” Military Friendly® Employer designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly® Company survey investigates and identifies the organizations whose commitment to serving the military and veteran community is comprehensive in scope and meaningful in terms of actual outcomes and impact. (November 2017)

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) recognized Dr. Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health and chief patient officer as the 2018 Woman of the Year. The award honors a senior executive female whose accomplishments have resulted in significant contributions to the health care industry. (May 2018)

Human Resource

MSD in Singapore garnered two silver awards at the 2017 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.” (March 2018)

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation

Our company scored 100 percent and earned the designation as a 2018 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. This HRC Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. (January 2018)

LATINA Style Magazine

We were selected by LATINA Style Magazine as one of the Top 50 Companies of the Year for Latinas to work, in the 2017 annual LATINA Style 50 report. This annual study recognizes companies that encourage training, mentoring and promoting of Latinas, as well as opportunities for Hispanic women. (September 2017)

Military Times Magazine

Our company ranked #13, up from #16 in last year’s rankings, on the Military Times magazine list of prestigious top 75 “Best for Vets: Employers 2018” for the many initiatives underway across the company to attract, select, engage and retain employees with past military service. Our company is being recognized for the third consecutive year, and we are the only pharmaceutical company to receive this distinction. (May 2018)

Montreal’s Top 100 Employers

Our company was recognized as one of Montréal’s Top Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Greater Montréal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. (February 2018)

National Association for Female Executives

For the sixteenth time, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) named our company one of its 2018 Top Companies for Executive Women. The award recognizes U.S. corporations where women have significant clout to make the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line. The NAFE Top 70 Companies are featured in the April/May issue of Working Mother. (March 2018)

National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of 425 large U.S. employers, recognized our company for having one of the best workforce well-being programs in the nation. We were among 55 U.S. employers that received the 2017 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award. (September 2017)

National Organization on Disability

Our company received the 2017 Leading Disability Employer Seal. The Seal recognizes companies that demonstrate exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities. (September 2017)

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 2018. The magazine polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for its 2018 Best of the Best evaluations. (July 2018)

U.S. Veterans Magazine

Our company was listed among those recognized in U.S. Veterans Magazine’s 2018 evaluation of the nation’s Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. (May 2018)

Working Mother Magazine

For the 15th year in a row, Working Mother magazine has named our company to its list of Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Our company received recognition for strong leadership in creating progressive programs in the areas of advancing women, flexibility, childcare and paid parental leave. This year marks the 31st time that we have made the magazine’s Best Companies list. (October 2017)

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

For the third year in a row, MSD Australia was recognized as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). (February 2018)



We ranked #33 on Newsweek’s “2017 Global 500 Green Rankings” list and #19 on the 2017 U.S. 500 list. The 2017 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. (May 2018)

Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Our company was awarded a 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. These awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth. (March 2018)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Our company’s Research Laboratories, in Rahway, New Jersey was presented with the 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Award for successfully applying green chemistry design principles to Letermovir, an antiviral drug candidate that is currently in Phase III clinical trials. This award is given to companies turning potential environmental issues into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. (June 2017)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Merck has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 1995 and recognized by the EPA for 13 consecutive years, two times as Partner of the Year and now an 11th time for Sustained Excellence. (April 2018)


Billion Dollar Roundtable

Our company was certified as a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes excellence in supply chain diversity. We were accepted into the BDR for our demonstrated leadership in economic inclusion and supplier diversity. (March 2018)

Bioethics International

Our company ranked #5 in the Top 5 Clinical Trial Transparency Good Pharma Scorecard by Bioethics International. The Good Pharma Scorecard, ranks new drugs and pharma companies on their clinical trial transparency and data-sharing performance. (December 2017) 

CPA-Zicklin Index

We were recognized by the Center for Political Accountability (CPA) as a ”trendsetter” for corporate disclosures related to political spending. The CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability provides a comprehensive portrait of how S&P 500 companies are navigating political spending around disclosure and board oversight. (September 2017)

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

We were named one of the WBENC’s Top Corporations for Women-Owned Businesses in 2017 for our work in enabling growth and reducing barriers for women-owned businesses. (March 2018)


American Journey Award

The Ronald H. Brown American Journey Award was awarded to our chairman and CEO, Ken Frazier, in 2018 for his inspiring professional path, as well as his work to improve the lives of children. This award was established in 2009 to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the vision and transformative ideals of Ronald H. Brown (1941–1996). The Awards are granted to individuals who have developed opportunities and fostered the achievements of others. (March 2018)

CECP: The CEO Force for Good

A leading study on corporate social engagement, “CECP: The CEO Force for Good,” in association with The Conference Board, ranked our company in the top quartile of respondent companies for total giving in their annual Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition report. (October 2017)

FORTUNE Magazine

Our company was ranked number four in Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back in 2018. (February 2018)