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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 2018 and 2019.

Global Recognition

Center for Corporate Political Accountability (CPA)
Recognized on the CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability as a “trendsetter” for corporate disclosures related to political spending (September 2018).

Corporate Responsibility Magazine
Ranked #26 on the 20th annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list, which recognizes environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States (May 2019).

Dividend Channel
Named a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock in both 2018 and 2019 signifying a stock with above-average “Dividend Rank” statistics, as well as being recognized by prominent asset managers as being a socially responsible investment (January 2018 & 2019).

We are a constituent of ECPI’s indices, which have been dedicated to environmental, social and governance research since 1997.

Named as one of Forbes Global 2000 on the 16th and 17th annual Forbes Global 2000 list, which includes publicly traded companies from 60 countries (June 2018 & 2019).

Named to the “World’s Most Admired Companies” list in both 2018 and 2019 (January 2018 & 2019).

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

Since 2008 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 (August 2018 & 2019).

Our company’s Chairman and CEO Ken Frazier was named to Glassdoor’s list of Top CEOs​ as part of its 2019 Employees’ Choice Awards. This award puts the spotlight on 100 top leaders who exemplify exceptional vision, trust and communication to employees in North America and parts of Europe (June 2019).

Hispanic Network Magazine
One of the Top Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies to win the 2019 Summer and the 2019 Fall “Best of the Best” award from Hispanic Network magazine out of hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies (Spring & Summer 2019).

Maintained “Prime Status” by oekom research on their ISS-oekom Corporate Rating Report; meaning that the company fulfills ISS-oekom’s requirements regarding sustainability performance within our sector (October 2018).

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 and named our company 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 2018).

Remained a top 10 constituent on the Global Sustainability Index for MSCI, Inc., a leading provider of global benchmark indexes that has over 500 equity and fixed-income ESG indexes (September 2018).

Philadelphia Inquirer
Our company’s Chairman and CEO, Ken Frazier, was inducted into the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Business Hall of Fame for his distinguished record of civic engagement and professional achievement (November 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 (April 2018).

TIME magazine named our company to its inaugural list of the Most Genius Companies of 2018 for “making deadly diseases a priority” with our investigational Ebola vaccine. The list features 50 companies that are “inventing the future” and driving progress in their respective fields (October 2018).

Wall Street Journal Management Top 250
Ranked #42 on the Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250 List; a ranking of U.S. companies by the Drucker Institute (November 2018).

Access to Health

American Chemical Company
Received a “Citation for Chemical Breakthrough” from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of the History of Chemistry (November 2018).

Received the “Animal Pharma Award” for Best New Food Animal Product for our IDAL® family of devices for needle-free and intradermal application of swine vaccines (January 2019).

Conferred “Best 2017 Immuno-oncology Breakthrough” for KEYTRUDA® and “Best 2017 Vaccine Breakthrough” for our Ebola vaccine at the 8th annual BioPharma Industry Awards which recognizes organizations and individual contributions to innovation and standards of excellence in Asia’s biopharma industry (December 2018).

Received an Innovator Award in recognition of the 2018 FDA approval of PIFELTRO™ (doravirine), a new treatment for HIV. Innovator Awards are given to New Jersey companies that have received a novel FDA drug approval (February 2019).

Construction User Roundtable (CURT)
Our Global Engineering Services (GES) won a Top Safety Award for its company-wide safety efforts, including the Safe by Choice program (March 2019).

Awarded the Platinum SABRE Award for communication in the medical field in Romania and the Protect Her Wings Campaign that contributed to Romania’s Ministry of Health decision to re-launch HPV vaccination within the National Immunization Program (May 2019).

European Patient Group for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS)
Our company, along with Bayer, UCB and EFPIA, were jointly honored by the European Patient Group for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS) with an award for our commitment to championing patient engagement in Europe (February 2018).

Ranked second on Fortune magazine’s “Change the World” list for our leadership role in the fight against Ebola, including our investigational Ebola vaccine and our support for humanitarian organizations involved in Ebola relief and recovery efforts (September 2018).

Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Council
Recognized with the Manufacturing Leadership Award in 2018 and 2019 (March 2018 & 2019).

GreenBook Research Industries Trend (GRIT) Report
Named the 19th most innovative company in the GRIT report, which recognizes innovation in insights across industries (July 2019).

Hungarian Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
Honored with the “Drug of the Year” for the fourth time for KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) (December 2018).

National Association of Manufacturers
Received five Manufacturing Leadership Awards at the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s 2019 annual awards ceremony, including top billing as Manufacturer of the Year in the large company category (June 2019).

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Four of our company’s scientists were posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for their work in developing thiazide diuretics, the first class of drugs to safely and effectively treat hypertension (May 2019).

Recognized by People magazine as one of the top “50 Companies that Care” for our efforts through MSD for Mothers to reduce preventable maternal mortality across the globe with education, tools and technologies for health care providers and moms. We were the top-ranked pharmaceutical company on the list, coming in at 12th place (July 2019).

Project HOPE
Honored with Project HOPE’s first Lifetime of Global Health Award for outstanding contributions in global health and humanitarian relief (November 2018).

The National Minority Supplier Development Council
Awarded Class II ($11 billion to $50 billion revenue) Corporation of the Year for our exceptional accomplishments in promoting minority supplier development (October 2018).

Vet Show
MSD Animal Health was awarded the category of “Best Veterinary Pharmaceutical Company” for the 2018 Vet Trust Awards, which is given to companies, charities and individuals that have made a positive impact on the veterinary world (November 2018).


American Heart Association
Recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) at the gold level on the 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index (August 2018).

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Named to the 2018 and 2019 list of “Top 50 Places to Work for Native American STEM Professionals” by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (April 2018 & 2019).

Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise, in collaboration with The Executive Leadership Council, the leading organization of black senior managers, included our company on its annual listing of the 50 Best Companies for Diversity (December 2018).

Brandon Hall Group
Honored with the “Gold Excellence Award in the Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program in Learning” for the MSD Fellowship for Global Health program, our company’s three-month, field-based corporate pro bono program designed to leverage the skills and talents of our employees worldwide.

CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine
Ranked on the “Readers’ Choice Top 50 Employers” list in 2018 and 2019 by CAREERS & the disABLED magazine, honoring corporations for creating a progressive environment for people with disabilities, as reported by readers of the magazine (February 2018 & 2019).

CEO Roundtable on Cancer
Recognized by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer as a Gold Standard Employer for our company’s commitment to a healthier workplace focused on cancer risk reduction, early detection, access to clinical trials and high-quality of care (October 2018).

DIVERSEability Magazine 
Recognized as one of DIVERSEability magazine’s Best of the Best Top Disability-Friendly Companies in 2018 and 2019 (August 2018 & 2019).

Ranked #4 in the Gender Equality Global Report that measures how well companies do in offering equal opportunities for men and women (October 2018).

Equal Opportunity Magazine
Our company ranked #3 in the 17th and 18th annual “Top 50 Employers 2019 Readers Choice Awards” in Equal Opportunity magazine (March 2018 & 2019).

Fast Company
Honored on Fast Company’s inaugural list of the “50 Best Workplaces for Innovators,” recognizing businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging invention at all levels (August 2019).

Fortune and Great Place to Work honored our company as one of the 2019 Top 10 Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma (April 2019).

Global Business Group on Health
Recognized by the Global Business Group on Health with the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Global Distinction Award for dedication to the health and well-being of our global workforce (September 2018).

Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum
Our company in the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) was awarded in the “Most Women-Friendly Employer” and “Best D&I Initiative in the Workplace” categories at the annual Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum (December 2018).

HR Asia
MSD Taiwan was named one of the 2019 winners of HR Asia’s “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” (August 2019).

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation
Scored 100 percent and earned the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” on the HRC Corporate Equality Index in 2018 and 2019 (January 2018 & 2019).

Named to Indeed’s list of Top 50 Top-Rated Workplaces to work for in 2019 (July 2019).

JUST Capital 
JUST Capital, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ranked our company #15 on their list of the Top 100 U.S. Companies Supporting Healthy Communities and Families. They tracked company performance on key issues—from paying a living wage and providing good benefits to maintaining strong community relationships and minimizing pollution (May 2019).

Latina Style, Inc.
Recognized as one of the “50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work in the U.S.” by Latina Style 50 Report in 2018 and 2019 (September 2018 & February 2019).

Military Times Magazine
Recognized for the fourth consecutive year on the Military Times magazine list of prestigious top 75 “Best for Vets: Employers 2019” for the many initiatives underway across the company to attract, select, engage and retain employees with past military service (May 2019).

National Association for Female Executives
Named our company one of its 2019 “Top Companies for Executive Women” for the 17th time. 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 (March 2019).

Professional Woman’s Magazine
Named our company to its “Best of the Best” list of Top Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotech Companies (March 2019).

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Recognized for scoring 100% on the 2018 Disability Equality Index of Best Places to Work (DEI) in 2018 and 2019 (May 2018 & 2019).

The International Association for Volunteer Effort
Awarded the Inspiring Practice Award in recognition of the MSD Fellowship for Global Health for tangible outcomes that resulted from a specific volunteer-based strategy to meet a particular need (October 2018).

Thomson Reuters
Ranked #20 out of the top 100 publicly traded companies that make up the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index (September 2018).

Top Employers Institute
For the 3rd consecutive year our company was awarded the Top Employers certification to recognize companies that have shown excellence in people practices and structures worldwide (February 2019).

U.S. Veterans Magazine
Recognized in the 2018 and 2019 evaluation of the nation’s Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies (May 2018 & 2019).

Working Mother Magazine
Ranked on Working Mother’s “100 Best Companies” list for more than 30 years. This list recognizes companies for helping working parents succeed by providing expanded parental leaves, more flexibility with work hours, assistance for special needs and opportunities for career development (November 2018).

Named to the inaugural Working Mother “Best Companies for Dads” list (November 2018).

Earned a spot on the “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” list to recognize the hiring of diverse women and helping them reach their full potential (May 2019).

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)
For the fourth year in a row, MSD Australia was recognized as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) (February 2019).

Environmental Sustainability

American Chemical Society
Recognized with the Green Chemistry Challenge Award for innovative processes in reducing waste and the generation of hazardous materials (October 2018).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Recognized as one of the winners of the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for changing the way our company manufactures ceftolozane, an antibiotic sold in combination with another chemical as ZERBAXA ® (ceftolozane and tazobactam) (June 2019).

For the 14th straight year, our company was awarded the Energy Star for Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements (April 2019).

Newsweek Green Rankings
Ranked #33 on Newsweek’s “2017 Global 500 Green Rankings” list (May 2018).

Sustainable Greece 2020
MSD Greece was recognized as one of the Most Sustainable Companies in Greece (March 2018).

Ethics & Values 

Billion Dollar Roundtable
Certified as a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes excellence in supply chain diversity (March 2019).

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
One of 60 companies awarded the America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) award for having demonstrated a sustained commitment to the inclusion of women-owned businesses in their supply chains (January 2019).


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).

Chronicle of Philanthropy
Ranked #2 overall (combined cash and in-kind donations) on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2017 “Top Corporate Givers” list (October 2018).

Fortune Magazine
Ranked #4 in Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back in 2018 (February 2018).

Philadelphia Inquirer
Our company’s Chairman and CEO Ken Frazier was inducted into the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Business Hall of Fame for his distinguished record of civic engagement and professional achievement (November 2018).