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Corporate Responsibility

Supporting society, people and communities around the world is fundamental to our long-term success.

This page provides an overview of our commitment to responsibility. Visit the links below to take a deeper dive into our corporate responsibility report.

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We run to, not from, the world’s biggest health challenges

From finding solutions for some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, to getting our medicines and vaccines to those in need and building more effective health systems, we are always on a mission to create a better world.

Our approach

Operating responsibly is at the heart of our ability to deliver sustainable impact – driving long-term value for our company and society.

Access to innovative medicines and vaccines

Barriers to access and quality care exist in many parts of the world. We have a role to play in helping to ensure our products are accessible and affordable to those in need.

Using world-class research and science to save and improve lives

We make long-term investments in research & development and target diseases where we can make the greatest difference.

Researching infectious diseases and developing vaccines

We are committed to addressing the global public health burden of infectious diseases.

Working with partners who share our commitment

Through partnership, investment and endless invention, we seek to overcome barriers to providing a healthier future for all.

Our most valuable resource

To harness the knowledge and insights of our diverse workforce, we take a thoughtful and strategic approach to workplace inclusion, invest in employee development, and care for their well-being - physical, emotional and financial.

Learning & Development

As inventors, we invest in learning and development because our culture centers around curiosity.

A holistic approach to caring for our employees' well-being

Only when our employees feel their best, in all aspects of their lives, can they perform at their highest level.

Diversity & Inclusion

The dynamic force driving everything we do.

A healthy planet is essential to the sustainability of our business

As a global company, we recognize that our actions have a direct impact on our planet.

Drive efficient operations

Energy conservation, water use reduction, efficient use of raw materials and responsible waste management.

Design for environment

We deploy sustainability strategies to reduce environmental impact.

Reducing value chain impacts

We team up with our suppliers and customers to understand and minimize the life-cycle impacts of our products.

Operating with ethics, integrity and respect for human rights

As a global health care leader, our work requires us to cultivate strong relationships based on trust. This means listening to and learning from our stakeholders and communicating openly about the decisions we make and the outcomes we achieve.

Our values and standards

Our code of conduct is at the core of our character, helping us to maintain our reputation as a trustworthy company.

Human rights

We strive to detect and prevent labor and human rights abuses in our own operations and in our supply chain.

Ethical sales and marketing practices

We follow strict ethical sales and marketing practices in all our businesses.

The stories beyond the report

There is real world impact behind our work. Dig deeper.

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Responsibility

Cliniclowns bring resilience and lightness for children in need

“Cliniclowns” visit sick or disabled children in hospitals and offer them a moment of joy. Cliniclowns put these children into the center of everything they do. Therefore, they deserve MSD Belux’s attention and support. Cliniclowns Belgium has been sending professional clowns to sick and/or disabled children for over twenty years to give them comfort and […]

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Innovation

Launch of Coalition Next in Belgium

Coalition Next was first founded in 2020 in France by Digital Pharma Lab in the context of the Corona pandemic. It is a coalition of pharmaceutical industries, patient organizations, and healthcare organizations, that launches once or twice a year, a call for projects for start-ups in digital health and medical devices to meet the pre-identified […]

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Health Literacy

MSD invests in health literacy with klarekijkopkanker.be

Health literacy, or a better understanding of their illness, is invaluable to the quality of life of cancer patients. Freya Rowaert knows this all very well too. She is 44 and has been living with cancer for 20 years. And she has been working for MSD for just as long. We are proud that, together […]

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Responsibility

Cliniclowns bring resilience and lightness for children in need

“Cliniclowns” visit sick or disabled children in hospitals and offer them a moment of joy. Cliniclowns put these children into the center of everything they do. Therefore, they deserve MSD Belux’s attention and support. Cliniclowns Belgium has been sending professional clowns to sick and/or disabled children for over twenty years to give them comfort and […]

Read more

Next: Cliniclowns bring resilience and lightness for children in need

Innovation

Launch of Coalition Next in Belgium

Coalition Next was first founded in 2020 in France by Digital Pharma Lab in the context of the Corona pandemic. It is a coalition of pharmaceutical industries, patient organizations, and healthcare organizations, that launches once or twice a year, a call for projects for start-ups in digital health and medical devices to meet the pre-identified […]

Read more

Next: Launch of Coalition Next in Belgium

Health Literacy

MSD invests in health literacy with klarekijkopkanker.be

Health literacy, or a better understanding of their illness, is invaluable to the quality of life of cancer patients. Freya Rowaert knows this all very well too. She is 44 and has been living with cancer for 20 years. And she has been working for MSD for just as long. We are proud that, together […]

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Next: MSD invests in health literacy with klarekijkopkanker.be

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Our impact by the numbers

88%

Percentage of the top 20 global burdens of disease targeted with our products and pipeline

Access to health
42%

Management roles held by women

Employees
37.7%

Purchased electricity from renewable sources. By 2025, our goal is 100%

Environmental sustainability
$2.4B

Spend with minority-, women-, veteran-, LGBT- and disability-owned suppliers

Ethics & values

Philanthropy is an important component of our company’s approach to corporate responsibility

We strive to find sustainable solutions to key global health challenges and to strengthen communities where our employees live and work.

Our social programs in Belgium

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

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In-company projects

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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. For each participant, MSD donated to The Belgian Federation of Food Banks, active in the fight against poverty in Belgium.

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Relay for life

Relay for Life, an initiative of the Foundation against Cancer, focuses on solidarity and fundraising for the fight against cancer.

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Mama’s Kits for Ukrainian mothers

As the war in Ukraine was unfolding in March, MSD BeLux colleagues launched a charity action for the Ukrainian mothers. 79 MAMA's Kits were sent to the Safe the Children foundation via MSD Romania.

Corporate Volunteering

As part of MSD’s Corporate Volunteering Program, we organize for our employees during the working hours an 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 organizations 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 Responsiblity

MSD Volunteering day (2021)

Our teams donated Donate your time and talent to a worthy cause. They rolled up your sleeves to do good by helping a non-profit organization. Find out more about the organizations that received a helping hand from MSD Belux voluntary teams on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

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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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