Merck Earns Top Score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the 8th year in a row

Merck Earns Top Score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the 8th year in a row

Company designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality every year since 2002
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Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:40pm

CAMPAIGN: Merck | Diversity & Inclusion

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For the eighth year in a row, Merck has earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality in the United States. The Corporate Equality Index (CEI) is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees. 

"We are honored to receive the best place to work designation from HRC," said Celeste Warren, vice president, global diversity & inclusion at Merck. "It underscores our commitment to making our company a great place to work for all employees.  At Merck, we understand that a diverse workforce is fundamental to our success. When we can bring our whole selves to work and feel valued, we will do our best work."

“Across the company, we are continuing to build stronger, more diverse and inclusive teams.  For example, Merck Rainbow Alliance, our employee business resource group for LGBTQ employees and allies, has seen a 55% increase in membership and launched ten new chapters in the last year.”

The results of this year’s CEI showcase how 1,059 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. The full report, is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

Merck’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and publications. In January, the company was recognized on Bloomberg’s 2020 Gender Equality Index and FORTUNE’S 2020 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.  

Learn more about Merck’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in our Corporate Responsibility Report.