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Merck KGaA

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Company name Merck KGaA

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Reporting year 2017

Indicator set GRI SRS    

3rd party assurance No

Directly affected by the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information Yes, but do not check the declaration of conformity in the sense of the CSR reporting obligation

Merck KGaA
Group Corporate Responsibility - Performance & Reporting

Maria Schaad

Frankfurter Str. 250
64293 Darmstadt

+49 (0) 6151 72 - 0
+49 (0) 6151 72 - 200

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Company profile


Merck is a global science and technology company headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany. In line with our strategic direction, Merck comprises three business sectors: Healthcare, Life Science, and Performance Materials.


Our Healthcare business sector comprises the three businesses Biopharma, Consumer Health, and Allergopharma. Our Biopharma business discovers, develops, manufactures and markets innovative pharmaceutical and biological prescription drugs in four franchises: Oncology, Neurology & Immunology, Fertility, and General Medicine & Endocrinology.


In the Life Science business sector we offer innovative solutions for scientists and engineers at every stage. Our 300,000 products range from lab water systems to genome-editing tools, antibodies and cell lines, as well as end-to-end bioprocessing systems to support the manufacturing needs of both emerging biotech and large pharma companies.


Our specialty chemicals business is combined in our Performance Materials business sector. The portfolio includes high-tech chemicals for applications in fields such as consumer electronics, lighting, coatings, printing technology, paints, plastics, and cosmetics. Performance Materials comprises four business units: Display Materials, Integrated Circuit Materials, Pigments & Functional Materials, and Advanced Technologies.


In 2017, our 217 subsidiaries with employees in 66 countries generated sales of € 15.3 billion. Our 98 production sites are located across 24 countries. As of December 31, 2017, we had 52,941 employees worldwide, which compares with 50,414 on December 31, 2016. With a history of nearly 350 years, we are the oldest chemical and pharmaceutical company in the world. The general partner E. Merck KG holds around 70% of the total capital of Merck KGaA (equity interest).


We hold the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States. In these countries, we operate as EMD Serono in the biopharmaceutical business, as MilliporeSigma in the life science business and as EMD Performance Materials in the high-tech materials business.

Additional remarks (eg indication of external audit):

CR reporting   The data provided in this statement of compliance with the German Sustainability Code is based on the Merck Corporate Responsibility Report 2017 and the Merck Annual Report 2017.   We have a long tradition of corporate responsibility reporting, with this being our ninth Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report. This started in 1993 as a series of environmental reports describing how we fulfill our responsibility to society, but then evolved in 2003 into a full CR Report that was released every two years. Since 2016, we've been publishing this report on an annual basis. The actual CR Report covers fiscal 2017 and pertains to our entire Group including our subsidiaries across 66 countries. Any deviations from this reporting framework are indicated in the report on a case-by-case basis.   We align the content of our CR Report with the internationally recognized guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the principles of completeness and materiality, as well as input from our stakeholders. The CR Report 2017 has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: 'Comprehensive' option. Moreover, we have taken into consideration the requirements of the capital market for assessing companies' sustainability performance.   Our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report is the first time we've met the requirements for a combined separate non-financial report as defined in the CSR Directive Implementation Act that took effect in Germany in 2017. This CR Report also documents the progress we’ve made in implementing the principles of the United Nations Global Compact (Communication on Progress).   KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft has audited the annual financial statements and management report of the Merck Group for the fiscal year spanning January 1 to December 31, 2017 and issued an unqualified opinion. Furthermore, after undergoing a limited assurance audit, our company has received an independent audit certificate for the following criteria of the Report:
  • Strategy & management
  • Products
  • Employees
  • Environment
  • Suppliers
  • Community
  • Facts & figures
  Further information:
- Corporate Responsibility Report 2017
- Annual Report 2017
- Merck Group