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Merck Signs Global Health Equity Pledge

Merck Signs Global Health Equity Pledge

Published 02-06-23

Submitted by Merck & Co., Inc.

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By Mary-Ann Etiebet, MD, MBA - AVP, Health Equity, Merck:

I am so proud our company’s CEO Rob Davis joined other business executives, government representatives, academics and community leaders in signing the Global Health Equity Pledge during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Summit.

This collective call to action brings together a community of organizations and individuals committed to ensuring all people have a fair chance to fulfill their potential in all aspects of health and wellbeing. It’s an important & positive step forward that builds on our longstanding efforts to advance health equity, such as:

  • Our global maternal health initiative to help end preventable maternal deaths, which to date has reached more than 18 million women worldwide.
  • The nearly $1 billion our philanthropic arm has contributed to help close health gaps in underserved communities by addressing social determinants of health and other access barriers.
  • Our ongoing commitments to increase diversity in clinical trials, helping us safely bring new medicines to all people. 

We’re not stopping any time soon – and this must be an “all hands on deck” effort. We’re encouraged to see more organizations and leaders joining us to address deeply rooted health inequities and ensure a healthier future for all.

To read more about the Global Health Equity Pledge signed during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023, please see the following news release:

39 Organizations Pledge to Close Gaps on Global Health Equity 

Learn more about Merck’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) approach by visiting

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