The following overview presents a selection of major ratings and rankings for 2015 and 2016. Information on additional ratings and accolades received by individual businesses or sites can be found in the respective chapter of our 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, or on our company’s website.
Access to Medicine Index
In 2016, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany moved up to fourth place in the Access to Medicine Index (2014: sixth place). This index assesses 20 pharmaceutical companies with respect to their efforts to improve access to medicine in developing countries. It is published every two years by the Access to Medicine Foundation, an international non-profit organization.
Carbon Disclosure Project
In 2016, we scored an A- in the CDP Index, thus achieving “Sector Leader Health Care, Pharma & Biotech” status for climate change reporting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As such, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is one of the top companies in this sector in the above-mentioned three countries and, ranking fourth, has moved up two places over the previous year. In 2015, we received a C for our performance and a score of 98 out of 100 points for our reporting.
Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe and Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register
In 2015, our company was added to the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe, which selects the 200 top-rated European companies based on their corporate responsibility performance. We are also included in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register.
Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120 Index
Since 2015, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has been included in the Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120 Index, which comprises the 120 highest-ranking European companies in terms of their environmental, social and governance efforts.
Since 2008, we have been included in FTSE4Good, an internationally leading sustainability index that annually measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and ethical practices.
Good Company Ranking
In 2016, Kirchhoff Consult, a management consultancy, published its fifth Good Company Ranking. Among the 30 DAX-listed companies, we took tenth place.
oekom research Sustainability Rating
In 2016, the sustainability ratings agency oekom research AG gave our company a B- on a scale of D- to A+ (top grade). We thus once more achieved Prime Status.
STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Index
In 2016, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany was once again included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders sustainability index, which assesses companies based on key environmental, social and governance criteria.
Vigeo Eiris Human Rights Study
Vigeo Eiris, a sustainability rating and research agency, analyzed how 3,189 companies meet their social responsibility to respect human rights. We rank among the top 30 companies and achieved a total of 69 out of 100 points (“advanced”).