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 2016 and 2017.


Access to Medicine Index (ATMI)

Our company ranked number five on the 2016 Access to Medicine Index, up from number seven in the last index, published in 2014. The Index, published every two years, provides an independent assessment of the efforts of research-based pharmaceutical companies to improve access in developing countries. (November 2016)

Corporate Knights

Our company ranked among Corporate Knights’ 2017 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. Corporate Knights analyzed 4,973 companies against global industry peers on a suite of 14 quantitative key performance indicators (KPIs). (January 2017)

Dividend Channel

Our company has been 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 2017)

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Our company has earned a place on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the second consecutive year. The index recognizes public companies for outstanding performance across economic, environmental and social factors, and serves as a benchmark for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios. (September 2017)


Our company ranked number four in the pharmaceutical industry, up from number five in 2016, in Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” To determine the best regarded companies, enterprises are rated on nine criteria from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. (February 2017)

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. (June 2017)

MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series

We are a top 10 constituent of MSCI Inc., a leading provider of global benchmark indexes that has over 500 equity and fixed-income environmental, social and governance (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)

Premier Inc.

We were among the recipient companies honored by Premier Inc., a leading health care improvement company, as 2017 Breakthroughs Awards winners, recognizing industry leaders for outstanding work to improve health care quality and costs. Our company received the Supplier Legacy Award for our longstanding work to support Premier members through exceptional local customer service and engagement, value creation through clinical excellence and commitment to lower costs. (June 2017)

Reputation Institute

MSD was ranked number 36 among the 100 most reputable companies in Brazil by Reputation Institute’s Brazil Reputation Pulse Survey 2017. Known internationally as the Global RepTrak® 100, the annual study evaluates the reputation of the world’s most highly-regarded global companies in the 15 largest economies in the world. (April 2017)

2020 Women on Boards

We have been recognized as a 2020 Women on Boards Winning “W” Company for the year 2016. Winning companies champion board diversity by having 20 percent or more of their board seats held by women. (February 2017)


Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Council

Our company has once again been recognized by the Manufacturing Leadership Council as a winner in three categories: “Big Data and Advanced Analytics Leadership” for our Turnaround Advanced Logic Planning Support, “Enterprise Technology Leadership,” for our Guided Method Execution for Global Quality Laboratories, and “Mobility in Manufacturing Leadership,” for our Problem Solving System. These awards honor organizations and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing, and winning organizations are recognized for leveraging best-in-class processes, technologies and engaged teams to distinguish themselves from the competition. (March 2017)

National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

We were honored by the National Kidney Foundation at their 26th Annual Spring Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This recognition acknowledged the company’s innovative treatment for hepatitis C, ZEPATIER® (elbasvir and grazoprevir)—the only direct antiviral agent specifically tested and approved for use in patients with chronic kidney disease stages four and five. The NKF’s Corporate Innovator Award recognizes industry partners that advance the field of nephrology by addressing an unmet medical need or improving upon an existing practice, therapeutic area or technology. (April 2017)


American Heart Association (AHA)

The AHA has recognized our company in its first-ever 2016 Workplace Health Achievement Index, a science-based and evidence-informed measurement that assesses and recognizes workplace health programs. (February 2017)

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

Our company was named to the 2017 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 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)

AscendNAAMBA (National Association of Asian MBAs)

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 in New York City. (September 2016)

CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine

We were ranked number 17, up from 33 in 2016, on the “Readers’ Choice 2017 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. (March 2017)

Disability Equality Index®

We received a score of 90 percent on the 2017 Disability Equality Index® (DEI), a joint initiative of the U.S. Business Leadership Network® (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The index is aimed at promoting inclusivity and understanding of people with disabilities in the workplace. As a top-scoring company, we have also being recognized as one of the “2017 DEI Best Places to Work.” (July 2017)

Equal Opportunity Magazine
Our company ranked number 13 in the 23rd annual “Top 50 Employers 2017 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 2017)

Executive Leadership Council

Based on our commitment to leadership development of African-American executives, we were listed as one of thirty 2016 Executive Leadership Council Ambassador Companies. (January 2017)

G.I. Jobs Magazine

Our company was designated as one of the “Most Military-Friendly Employers” by G.I. Jobs magazine in its 2016 annual survey. This is the eighth consecutive year that we have enjoyed this honor. More than 5,000 companies with revenues exceeding $500 million annually were surveyed. (November 2016)

Human Resource

MSD in Singapore garnered two silver awards at the 2016 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.” (April 2016)

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation

Our company scored 100 percent and earned the designation as a 2017 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. (March 2017) 

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 2016 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 2016)

Military Times Magazine

Our company ranked number 16, up from 50 in last year’s rankings, on the Military Times magazine list of prestigious top 75 “Best for Vets: Employers 2017” 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 2017)

National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

Our company earned a place on the 2017 list of Top Companies for Executive Women, as one of 60 companies recognized by NAFE for this prestigious award. (February 2017)

National Business Group on Health (NBGH)

Recognizing our company’s admirable achievements in workforce well-being, 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 2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award. (September 2016)

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 2017. The magazine polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for its 2017 Best of the Best evaluations. It provides unbiased results that are a valuable resource for job seekers. (March 2017)

Top Employers Institute

We were awarded the distinction of 2017 “Top Employer” by Top Employers Institute, a global certifier recognizing excellence in employee conditions. This certification is awarded only to organizations that achieve the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions. The Institute analyzes human resources management and employee conditions within organizations all over the world, looks at each company’s strategy, priorities and executive management, and surveys each company’s programs across many areas. (February 2017)

U.S. Veterans Magazine

Our company was listed among those recognized in U.S. Veterans Magazine’s 2017 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 2017)

Working Mother Magazine

For the 31st consecutive year, we were named to the Working Mother top 100 companies. The magazine highlighted our company’s numerous employee programs, from on-site childcare to college coaching sessions and executive coaching for working families. (October 2017)


Green Chemistry Challenge Award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn potential environmental issues into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. 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. (June 2017)

Newsweek Green Rankings

We ranked number 150 on Newsweek’s “2016 Global 500 Green Rankings” list and number 82 on the 2016 U.S. 500 list. The 2016 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. (June 2016)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Our company received an ENERGY STAR “2017 Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence” award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for our continued improvement in energy performance and leadership in energy management, in both the pharmaceutical and industrial sectors. We have been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 1995 and have been recognized by the EPA for 12 consecutive years—twice as “Partner of the Year,” and now for a 10th time for “Sustained Excellence.” (April 2017)


Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR)

Our company was certified as a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, 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 2017)

CPA-Zicklin Index

We have been 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 2016 for our work in enabling growth and reducing barriers for women-owned businesses. (January 2017)


The Chronicle of Philanthropy

We ranked number 12 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of the most charitable public companies in corporate America. The rankings are based on a survey of the top 150 U.S. companies in the Fortune 500 as well as on information from public documents filed with the IRS and the SEC. Also, in its annual survey of philanthropic giving by U.S. corporations, the Chronicle ranked our company third in “in-kind” giving among organizations that donated more than $1 billion in products and services. (June 2016)

CECP: The CEO Force for Good

In 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)

Community Hope

Community Hope honored our company with the “Hero’s Award” for our role in creating the Veterans Justice Initiative. This award recognizes the company’s pro bono legal work and financial support for this New Jersey organization that aids veterans facing homelessness and other issues. (October 2016)

Seeding Labs

Our company was honored with Seeding Labs’ Global Catalyst Award in recognition of our unmatched worldwide impact in advancement of science in the developing world, through partnerships with Seeding Labs in providing new scientific opportunities for international scientists and their students. Since 2010, our company has donated more than 1,200 pieces of lab equipment, mostly from our Boston, Massachusetts site, that have benefited universities in seven developing countries. (March 2017)