In Belgium, long-term partnerships and support for local projects are integral components of MSD’s social engagement.

Our social engagement in Belgium

In-company projects

MSD gives young students a first experience in the pharmaceutical environment.

In-company projects

In-company projects allow MSD Belgium & Luxembourg to hire students from the Vlerick school at the end of their curriculum to work on different health care projects. This is an opportunity for young people to learn how we operate and to have a first experience in the pharmaceutical environment.

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Running for a good cause

MSD supports the 20 km of Brussels, semi-marathon.

Running for a good cause

MSD has been supporting the 20 km of Brussels to promote exercise and sport as a means of personal health literacy. This year, our commitment will benefit both the semi-marathon and the charity organization, Foundation against Cancer. For each participant, MSD donates to this non-profit organization active in the fight against cancer.

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Relay for Life

In the fight against cancer

Relay for Life

Relay for Life, an initiative of the Foundation against Cancer, focuses on solidarity and fundraising for the fight against cancer. It is a unique concept where for 24 hours long, MSD employees come together for a walk or a run in relay on a circuit. These 24 hours represent the daily fight of cancer patients and their loved ones (2016).

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Climbing for Life

In the fight against diseases

Climbing for Life

Climbing for Life draws the attention to a disease. This event demonstrates that moving is an essential factor in both treatment and prevention of diseases. MSD is proud that all its employees succeeded this bike/run challenge and arrived at the summit of the mountain (picture of 2016).

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MSD BBQ

in support of non-profit organizations

MSD BBQ

Every year, MSD Belgium organizes a charity summer BBQ to which all MSD employees are kindly invited. The proceeds of this fundraising event go to various non-profit organizations such as ‘Stop Darmkanker’ and the Foundation ‘VUB-UZB Paul De Knop’.

Learn more: stopdarmkanker.be vub.be

Corporate Volunteering

Our employees commit their time to helping others in social projects.

Corporate Volunteering

As part of MSD's Corporate Volunteering Program, we organize for our employees during the working hours a MSD Gives Back day for social commitment. On this day, they can do volunteer activities that support non-profit organizations and make a difference locally, within Belgian organization that need support.

MSD Gives Back activities

Les Rênes de la vie (2017)

On this day, MSD employees gave their time to help the non-profit organization by renewing the whole place of ‘Les Rênes de la Vie’. It is a pony farm that organizes adapted pony riding (hippo therapy) for kids with a physical or mental disability. Each year, this organization welcomes over 250 children and can use all the help it can get.


From children to nature (2018)

MSD Belgium and Luxembourg decided to gather its forces to make a difference for associations that clearly could benefit from our help. MSD employees were invited to work one day long alongside with 8 different non-profit organizations spread over the country: 2 care farms, 3 projects for disadvantaged children and 3 nature preservation projects. The hard work and efforts of the MSD teams have paid off: 1300 volunteering hours could be given back to the community.


Cultureghem (2019)

MSD employees provided a new and nice playground to the children of a disadvantaged neighborhood of Brussels, namely the Abattoir in Anderlecht. This project is part of the social-profit organization Cultureghem, whose aim is to foster social connections in this vibrant and multicultural area.

The hours that all employees worldwide have spent in volunteer activities can be seen in MSD's Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

MSD Corporate Responsibility

MSD Fellowship for Global Health

Our employees do on-site volunteer work to improve the health of the people who are in the greatest need.

MSD Fellowship for Global Health

The MSD Fellowship for Global Health is a three-month volunteer program that gives our employees a chance to apply their talents and expertise around the world. The employees chosen for this program are called Richard T. Clark (RTC) fellows in honor of our former CEO Dick Clark. The program matches our employees' expertise with non-profit organizations all around the world in order to meaningfully and systematically improve healthcare for people in the greatest need.

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