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

Corporate Citizenship

For us, responsibility for our community is an integral part of our culture. We focus our activities primarily on those areas where we can leverage our expertise to help solve problems.

The danger lurks in the water

Conquering the worm disease schistosomiasis: that is the ultimate goal we are pursuing together with our partners in the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA). The new #MakingSchistory information campaign provides information on how dangerous the tropical disease is, how quickly it can be transmitted in water, and how we are helping to fight it. More information is available at

Jean-Baptiste’s dream

Jean-Baptiste loves soccer and he dreams of being a teacher someday. Yet this 14-year-old boy, who lives with his mother and five siblings in Ambatobe, a remote, rural village in Madagascar, is currently unable to attend school. He suffers from abdominal pain, has bloody urine, has lost considerable weight, and is always tired. Jean-Baptiste has a parasitic disease known as schistosomiasis.

The GPHF Minilab: Help in a suitcase

In parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America, more than 30% of the medicines sold are counterfeit. To protect consumers, the pharmaceutical supply chain must be monitored more diligently. Seeking a way to quickly detect fake medicines, the Global Pharma Health Fund – our own charitable organization – has developed a mobile, compact test kit called the Minilab.

From Tel Aviv to Rio

The Deutsche Philharmonie Merck is the musical ambassador of our company. The musicians of this ensemble entertain around 26,000 music enthusiasts every year, often touring internationally. In 2015, for instance, they performed in Latin America (Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), the United Kingdom (Cambridge), and Israel (Tel Aviv).

Living our commitment

We see ourselves as part of the community - not only at a regional level at our individual locations, but also at a global level. As both a major economic player and employer, we help contribute to the prosperity of many countries. Living our commitment to the community is therefore an integral part of who we are. We focus our efforts primarily on health initiatives, an area where we can really leverage our expertise to help solve problems. We also promote culture and education, along with providing disaster relief, especially in those regions where we operate.
To make our efforts sustainable and effective, we direct our resources in particular to the following three projects:


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