November 7, 2013, Darmstadt, Germany — Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck, today announced a $10,000 donation to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) in recognition of Energy Month in October. The donation will specifically support EESI’s Transportation and Communities Program, which emphasizes energy efficiency and renewable energy across the transportation sector.
As part of Merck Millipore’s Corporate Responsibility efforts, sites across the globe participated in a month-long personal mobility campaign focused on transportation-related activities, including a “Re.Invent Your Ride” challenge, which encouraged employees to reduce their carbon footprint by seeking alternative modes of transportation both at work and at home. Sites also participated in energy fairs, providing employees with the opportunity to learn about energy efficiency equipment for the home, home energy audits and reducing air travel through video conferencing.
“With transportation contributing to rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally, we recognized an opportunity to engage employees by emphasizing personal mobility and alternative travel methods during our Energy Month campaign,” says Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Merck Millipore. “Our goal was to empower employees to think about simple actions they can take to improve their personal carbon footprint and help reduce energy costs. By doing so, we are focused on implementing change on the individual and local level first by starting internally.”
Energy Awareness Month has been commemorated each October in the United States since 1991 and promotes the need to reduce energy consumption through a variety of government- and business-related activities and programs. Merck Millipore has taken the campaign global with a division-wide effort aimed at raising employee awareness about the importance of energy consumption at work and at home. More than a dozen Merck Millipore sites across the globe participated this year.
EESI’s Transportation and Communities program focuses on how energy and climate challenges affect transportation methods and communities. It also advocates for cooperative energy savings within small communities where the needs and goals are the same between residents. The program works at the federal, state, and local levels to meet these needs and transform how each community thinks about transportation and the environment.
About Merck Millipore
Merck Millipore is the Life Science division of Merck KGaA of Germany and offers a broad range of innovative, performance products, services and business relationships that enable our customers’ success in research, development and production of biotech and pharmaceutical drug therapies. Through dedicated collaboration on new scientific and engineering insights, and as one of the top three R&D investors in the Life Science Tools industry, Merck Millipore serves as a strategic partner to customers and helps advance the promise of life science.
Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, the division has around 10,000 employees, operations in 66 countries and 2012 revenues of € 2.6 billion. Merck Millipore operates as EMD Millipore in the U.S. and Canada.
Note: Merck KGaA or Merck shall mean Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is a global pharmaceutical, chemical and life science company with total revenues of € 11.2 billion in 2012, a history that began in 1668, and a future shaped by approx. 39,000 employees in 66 countries. Its success is characterized by innovations from entrepreneurial employees. Merck KGaA's operating activities come under the umbrella of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in which the Merck family holds an approximately 70% interest and shareholders own the remaining approximately 30%. In 1917 the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.
Worldwide there are two separate companies that bear the name “Merck”, the original Merck KGaA from Darmstadt, Germany, the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world, and the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. in the United States. The rights to the name and trademark MERCK in North America (USA and Canada) lie with Merck & Co., the former U.S. subsidiary of Merck, whereas Merck KGaA operates in North America under the umbrella brand EMD. In the rest of the world, Merck KGaA owns the rights to the Merck name and trademark.
The Environmental and Energy Institute is a not for profit organization established in 1984 that advocates for environmentally sustainable societies. Their policy solutions set us on a cleaner and more secure sustainable energy path by making changes in social and economic habits.
The Transportation and Communities Program was established in conjunction with EESI to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by various modes of transportation.