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Respect for human rights is embedded in the company’s Code of Conduct, Our Values and Standards.

In addition to Our Values and Standards and our Code of Conduct training programs, Merck established the Global Labor Relations Guiding Principles to support our Global Labor Relations Strategy and to ensure consistency worldwide. These principles support our commitment to respect employees’ lawful freedom of association globally.

Mechanisms to Report Concerns

Merck’s Code of Conduct promotes the importance of maintaining a safe-to-speak-up environment and employees are required to report policy violations to ensure they can be investigated and addressed. There are several ways in which employees can report suspected human rights violations:

  • As a first step, employees can seek out an immediate supervisor or manager to discuss suspected violations
  • If the matter is not successfully resolved, or if concerns remain, employees are encouraged to pursue the issue with their next level of management or Human Resources
  • Employees can also contact the Merck Office of Ethics for assistance. In addition, the Office of Ethics maintains an “AdviceLine,” that is available to employees, either by telephone or the intranet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staffed by an independent organization, the AdviceLine allows employees to remain anonymous, in accordance with applicable legal standards for operation of whistle-blowing hotlines.
  • Another option is the Merck Ombuds Program, which offers a safe haven for U.S. employees to discuss work-related issues
  • Merck has a policy that prohibits retaliation against employees who raise concerns through any of the available mechanisms. Retaliation is not tolerated and is subject to disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment.

Last Updated August 8, 2013