About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

We are a long-term oriented, family-owned, science & technology company with a 350-year history and strong footprint in the U.S.

About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

We are a long-term oriented, family-owned, science & technology company with a 350-year history and strong footprint in the U.S.


In our more than 350-year history, people have always been and will continue to be at the center of everything we do. To us, our employees are more than lab coats, blue-collars, suits or faces amongst many others. Around the world we employ discoverers, we clear the way for pioneers and encourage bold innovators.

U.S. Commitment

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has deep roots in the U.S., a strong presence and reputation from coast-to-coast, and are making further significant investments to strengthen our successful American operations. We have invested some US$24 billion in the U.S. through acquisitions alone, including Millipore and Sigma-Aldrich, and already employ more than 10,000 people in the U.S. We operate across 56 sites, 34 of which are manufacturing sites, in the U.S., together this will grow to 63, of which 41 are manufacturing sites. We are proud of our reputation as the employer of choice in our industries and are a values-driven business with a strong history of enriching the communities of which we are a part.

Corporate Citizenship

We think in generations and act responsibly in everything we do. This commitment is the foundation of our lasting economic success. We believe it’s important to take an active role in shaping the future. In looking for ways to improve things, we focus our strengths on those areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: health, environment, education and culture. In 2018, almost 300 of our U.S. employees came together to volunteer 861 hours across 11 different locations in the vicinity of Boston, MA. 

Some of our ongoing initiatives:

Embracing Carers: 

Embracing Carers™ is a global movement, led by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in collaboration with leading carer organizations around the world to increase awareness and discussion about the often-overlooked needs of caregivers. The initiative plays a major role in raising awareness about the importance of caregivers as a global health priority. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany put a face on the public health issue of caregiving.

Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE):

Originally conceived in 2015 within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in collaboration with the governments of the United States and the Philippines, Healthy Women, Healthy Economies aims to identify and implement policies that advance women’s health and well-being to support their economic participation. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has adopted the program’s mission and is expanding and making it part of our core commitment by supporting research to quantify the impact and forming collaborations to advocate for change.


As part of SPARK, employees from our Life Science business sector share their skills and experience with students in order to ignite a passion for science and inspire them to consider a STEM-related career. SPARK activities include our Curiosity LabsTM program, which educates students through exciting hands-on, interactive science lessons. In 2017, we launched the Curiosity CubeTM, a retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a solar-powered mobile science lab. The goal of this mobile lab is to bring hands-on science experiments and state-of-the-art technology in an innovative setting to spark curiosity in the next generation of scientists.