We recognize that our customers, communities, neighbors and investors have an interest in how we conduct ourselves and how we support our commitment to society.

Our philanthropy must reflect efficient, responsible and ethical judgment and behavior. This is why our company’s charitable contributions and the Merck Foundation, a U.S.-based, private foundation, are periodically audited to ensure consistency in our giving criteria and grant-making as well as adherence to compliance and transparency requirements. Additionally, the Merck Foundation’s Board of Trustees provides oversight and strategic direction for the Foundation’s program investments.

We use an online grants management system, which is global in reach. It allows qualified nonprofit organizations that are seeking cash contributions to electronically submit proposals and supporting documents. It also facilitates the submission of all required compliance documentation and helps ensure consistent review of grant requests.

We manage our philanthropic giving through two mechanisms:

  • The Office of Corporate Responsibility supports charitable programs through cash and product donations and employee volunteerism. These programs contribute not only to the health and well-being of people around the world, but also to our employees, our neighbors and others within the communities where employees live and work and where the company conducts business. The Office of Corporate Responsibility also coordinates the company’s disaster-relief assistance throughout the world.
  • Established in 1957, The Merck Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a U.S.-based private foundation funded entirely by Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, and serves as the company’s chief source of funding support to qualified nonprofit charitable and philanthropic organizations whose initiatives address important societal needs and whose goals are consistent with our giving priorities.

Our Medical Outreach Program (MMOP) is the primary mechanism through which we donate our pharmaceuticals and vaccines for humanitarian assistance in the developing world and in support of disaster relief and emergencies worldwide.

Charitable Grants

We report the company’s charitable contributions and the Foundation’s grants on this website. Information provided includes the names of recipient organizations, program names and descriptions, and amounts of the grants provided. We update this information quarterly. Learn more.

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