The Merck Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, an independent non for-profit organization that exclusively and directly serves charitable purposes. Given its status as a charitable institution Merck Foundation does not engage in any corporate activity of Merck KGaA. Therefore, its activities will not be listed in Merck’s Corporate Responsibility report or corresponding reports. Merck Foundation will issue its own reports and manage their programs independently.
To avoid any conflict of interest Merck Foundation has its own branding and logo and will not follow the Merck Branding Principle. Furthermore, Merck Foundation’s communication internally as well as externally, including any digital media, is handled by a completely independent team within Merck Foundation and the Merck Communication Policy is not applicable.