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Guidelines & Management Systems

At Merck, our commitment to leadership in corporate responsibility is enhanced by our enduring dedication to outstanding corporate governance. In addition to abiding by applicable laws and industry regulations, we have also developed and adhere to rigorous and effective internal standards, procedures and policies for how we conduct business in alignment with our vision, mission and values.

Our guidelines and management systems translate the commitments and requirements from our Mission Statement and Values into action, ensuring consistent performance among our team.

We adhere to the following guidelines and policies:
  • U.N. Global Compact: Merck KGaA has been a supporter of the U.N. Global Compact since 2005, and we at Merck are proud to join in endorsing these worldwide gold-standard voluntary principles of human rights, fair labor standards, environmental care, and anti-corruption.
  • Responsible Care®: Merck KGaA and Merck are supporters of the chemical industry’s voluntary Responsible Care® principles that aim to go beyond basic compliance and truly improve product safety, environmental protection, health, plant safety, and security. 
  • Social Charter
  • Code of Conduct
  • Stem Cells and Human Cloning Principle
  • Fertility Research Policy
  • Use and Handling of Nanomaterials
  • Use, Care and Welfare of Laboratory Animals
  • Charter on Access to Medicines in Developing Countries 
  • Merck KGaA Responsible Sourcing Principles
  • Environment, Health and Safety Policy
  • ISO 9001 certificate
  • ISO 14001 certificate
  • Carbon Disclosure Project
  • German Corporate Governance Code


As a leader in the Life Science industry, and as a key business partner and employer, compliance with all relevant laws and regulations is a minimum requirement. Compliance to statutory rules and regulations worldwide, as well as to the ethical principles in our Values is a top priority. Our Compliance organization supports compliance with laws and industry regulations related to our work. Compliance mechanisms include a central SpeakUp Line, compliance audits and training.

Merck strongly believes in the importance of international labor and human rights standards and opposes any and all illegal and unethical treatment of people. This includes any acts of slavery or human trafficking, as outlined in our California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Statement.

We are committed to product quality and manufacturing effectiveness. We offer optimum regulatory support to keep you informed about current legal requirements, essential changes and adjustments of the relevant laws and guidelines. To further understand our product quality commitment, and how we are reducing risk for customers, employees, supply chain partners, and the environment, please learn more about our product quality and safety work.

For more information, please also see our legal/trademark notices for Merck.

Stakeholder Dialogue

We maintain regular dialogue with our stakeholders to inform these processes and to help ensure we are meeting and exceeding their expectations in terms of our product and services, our performance as a division and our overall corporate responsibility.
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