We strongly believe that young people have numerous untapped capabilities. We wish to unleash such capabilities which would empower and enable them to lead the sustainable development and Green Environmental Agenda of their countries in order to adapt to the impact of climate change. The aim of this Initiative is to educate, engage and empower youth and young entrepreneurs through access to information and change of mindset in order to enrich their understanding of sustainability as well as support their new innovative businesses in the sustainability space.
Launched in 2020, The Merck Foundation sustainability initiative plans to focus on capacity building and raising awareness in order to accelerate sustainable solutions to urban sustainability challenges through four pillar programs:
The Sustainability Ambassadors (SA): Esteemed profiles of theSustainability Ambassadors will enable them to build advocacy and raiseawareness amongst young people via media, social media and at differentglobal and regional platforms in order to encourage youth to lead a sustainablelife style with the aim of protecting the environment from further climatechange.
Sustainability Education and Training Programs: Sustainability Education and Training Programs for students, community members, media, young professionals and entrepreneurs to improve access to information and change of mindset in order to strengthen their knowledge as Sustainability future leaders in their societies. These programs will encourage them to sensitize their communities and work together to find their own solutions to mitigate impact of climate change in their small but significant ways.
Networking and Partnership Opportunities:With the aim to accelerate transition to a more sustainable world, Merck Foundation will collaborate with local and global stakeholders, including Academia, Research Institutions, Multi-sectoral Businesses, Governmental and Non-Governmental Entities, as well as community organizations, media and artists.
Start-up Incubator: Start-up Incubator focused on nurturing the growth of new innovative businesses in the sustainability space including; sustainable innovation, sustainable interiors and exteriors, circular fashion, circular art and others. It will also facilitate unique access to the broad expertise and infrastructure of Merck as a leading Science and Technology Company through two different programs:
a) Merck Accelerator b) SHAMS: Power of Ideas
SHAMS is the Arabic word for Sun. It is a program which focuses on empowering the growth of new innovative businesses in the field of Sustainability.
SHAMS program will enable our communities to benefit from new ideas that have potential to protect the environment as part of Merck Foundation Sustainability Initiative.