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Community

Spending on community engagement

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Spending on community engagement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€ million

 

2017

 

20181

 

2019

 

2020

Total spending

 

33.8

 

35.7

 

46.2

 

53.6

1

From 2018 on, we are separating spending on programs of the Foundation sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany from our community involvement figures.

We calculate the value of pharmaceutical product donations according to the WHO Guidelines for Medicine Donations; for other product donations, we apply their fair value.

Community engagement spending by region

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Community engagement spending by region1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

North America

 

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

 

Latin America

 

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€ million

 

10.6

 

3.4

 

2.3

 

0.5

 

29.3

%

 

23

 

7

 

5

 

1

 

64

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€ million

 

15.1

 

5.8

 

4.2

 

2.6

 

25.9

%

 

28

 

11

 

8

 

5

 

48

1

This table presents the regions across the globe in which we support initiatives. For projects that benefit multiple regions, we have calculated the amount per region by dividing the project spending evenly per country.

Focus of our local community engagement

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Focus of our local community engagement1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

%

 

2017

 

20182

 

2019

 

2020

Global Health

 

38

 

34

 

33

 

36

Broad Minds: Education and culture

 

43

 

42

 

38

 

43

Sustainable Solutions: Environment

 

4

 

2

 

3

 

1

Disaster relief

 

2

 

2

 

2

 

1

Other

 

13

 

20

 

24

 

19

1

Based on number of projects

2

From 2018 on, we are separating spending on programs of the Foundation sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany from our community involvement figures.

 

Motivations for our community engagement

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Motivations for our community engagement1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

%

 

2017

 

20182

 

2019

 

2020

Charitable activities

 

9

 

7

 

6

 

23

Community investment

 

84

 

88

 

91

 

72

Commercial initiatives in the community

 

7

 

5

 

3

 

5

1

Based on total spending on all projects

2

From 2018 on, we are separating spending on programs of the Foundation sponsored by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany from our community involvement figures.

We categorize the motivations for our activities based on the London Benchmarking Group model as well as the guidelines of the Bertelsmann Foundation for corporate social responsibility. Projects that primarily aim to make improvements within the community are classified as community investment.

Initiatives that are predominantly aimed at company-relevant factors such as image or personnel recruitment are classified as commercial initiatives in the community. Charitable activities cover any other projects that benefit a charitable organization, but cannot be listed under either of the other two motivation categories due to missing data or their narrow scope.

Information

The current Sustainability Report 2021 can be found here.