Supporting Our Communities

Supporting Our Communities

Our company contributes substantial economic and social value to the countries and local communities in which we operate.

As of December 31, 2017, Merck & Co. Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA (including its Banyu subsidiary in Japan), had a physical presence in 76 countries, with 383 active (occupied) research, manufacturing, sales and administrative sites. In all of these locations, we recognize that our success depends in large part on our relationships and interactions with local communities, including elected officials, business and community leaders, charitable organizations, neighbors, educators, local media and our own employees.

We have a presence in 76 countries, with 383 active research, manufacturing, sales and administrative sites.

We aspire to have a positive effect on the communities in which we operate worldwide, and we recognize our responsibility toward those affected directly or indirectly by our operations and activities. We rely on local communities not only for our workforce, but also for some of our suppliers and for our ability to do business. Through ongoing engagement and dialogue, we work to understand the concerns and needs of our communities, and we seek to respond by addressing local challenges in ways that build stronger communities and support the sustainability of our business.

We contribute to our communities in three key ways:

  • Making direct and indirect economic contributions, such as employment, training, support of local suppliers and local R&D, and paying taxes
  • Managing our community impact—for example, by ensuring confidence in our environmental and safety performance and by respecting human rights

Underlying our community approach is our commitment to respecting human rights. As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, we are committed to protecting and promoting fundamental human rights not only within our immediate workforce but also within our broader sphere of influence, including our local communities. Learn more about our commitment to protecting and promoting fundamental human rights.


Our community engagement program reflects the priorities that we share with the local community. Established in the 1990s, our Neighbor of Choice (NOC) program fosters partnerships with local nonprofit organizations whose mission is to promote the well-being of community residents.

The program is designed to help build strong and vibrant communities by promoting a healthier society and preserving the environment in localities where we have a major site presence. The program provides financial support and enables our employees to contribute to the well-being of their communities through volunteering.

In 2017, a total of $3.1 million in grants was awarded to 130 local community organizations in support of a wide range of environmental and health services initiatives through the NOC program.

We take seriously the shared responsibility of helping to improve the quality of life of neighbors in need. Learn more.