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TAG overview


“Bring Your Curiosity to Life” – our promise as an employer – describes how we collaborate at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, how we advance our business, how our employees can develop within the company, and who we are. Becoming a global science and technology company would not have been possible without the passion, creativity, and curiosity of our employees. And we are certain that our current and future employees ensure our economic success. They create innovations for patients and customers, and they secure our ability to compete. For this reason, the development of all our employees is very important to us. In short, we are working to create an environment where people are able to develop and reach their full potential.

A career with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is enriching – both professionally and personally. We offer conditions that meet the individual needs of our employees and encompass an exciting range of tasks and advanced training possibilities, furthering flexible forms of cooperation and a culture of mutual esteem and respect. The latter is particularly important, as our workforce represents a broad range of nationalities, cultures, religions, and age groups, as well as a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. We are committed to an inclusive culture in which each individual can develop their full potential and contribute their individual perspectives. We are convinced that the diversity of our workforce and our open, international corporate culture have a positive impact on our company’s business success and innovative strength.

Overview of our headcount figures

As of December 31, 2020, we had 58,127 employees worldwide (previous year: 57,071). In 2020, we were represented by a total of 221 legal entities with employees in 66 countries.1

Distribution of Employees

by Region

Distribution of employees by region (Pie chart)

1 The Group also has employees at sites that are not fully consolidated subsidiaries. These figures refer to all people directly employed by our company and therefore may deviate from figures in the financial section of this report.

* The contents of this chapter or section are voluntary and therefore not audited. However, our auditor has read the text critically.