Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Diversity

As an international company, we've been the embodiment of diversity for many years: we've maintained a good balance of different cultures and age groups, of male and female employees. We respect one another, regardless of gender, nationality, race, ethnic background, religion or faith, sexual orientation or identity. This approach enables us to create a working environment free of prejudice and discrimination, allowing us to succeed as a company.
Success through diversity
Success through diversity
Well-managed, diverse teams perform better and innovate more than teams with less diversity, as shown by a 2013 study conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI). We, too, believe that workforce diversity and a culture of inclusion lead to greater innovation and better team performance within the company.
We live diversity and support various employee networks to promote exchange among like-minded individuals. This includes the International Community for employees from a variety of countries, the Rainbow Network for the LGBT community, and the Women at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, network.
In 2015, we expanded our Diversity Day from one day a year to a whole month. Every year in September, we now place diversity center stage. In September 2016, we organized a range of activities around the world under the banner of “The Power of WE – The Power of Diversity”. Overall, employees from 17 countries across six continents took part in a number of events. The members of the Diversity Council also supported the campaign by holding online events that saw participation from more than 580 employees Group-wide.
 
More women in management roles
More women in management roles
In 2011, we set the strategic goal of increasing the percentage of management positions held by women to 25%-30%, a target we reached in 2016. Group-wide, women currently occupy 28.8% of leadership roles. The figures are steadily increasing across the company as a whole, but not consistently across business units, Group functions and hierarchical levels. Our target for 2021 is to maintain a 30% representation of women on the managerial level, and we working to further increase the percentage in senior management positions and business units where women are still underrepresented.
 

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