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Diversity Equity and Inclusion

With a substantial workforce in the UK, our ability to excel depends on the diversity, integrity, and imagination of our employees. A DE&I mindset is central to our business growth and enables us to ensure patients and customers experience ultimate health outcomes.


Our workforce represents the people we serve

As an employer of 1500 people in the UK, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset and are fundamental to everything we do. That’s why we are committed to developing a workforce that is diverse and talented, fostering a culture of mutual respect so that everyone can excel.

But diversity is only part of the story; inclusion is just as important. Inclusion leads to a sense of belonging. When our employees know they are crucial to our purpose, not only will they thrive, but our company will too.

“When people feel valued and empowered, they are able to innovate and make amazing things happen.”

– Celeste Warren

Vice president, global diversity & inclusion

Our workforce is multigenerational with employees ranging in age from 18-70. We truly represent the diverse population that we serve and are proud to have employees who have been with us for 10, 20 and even more than 30 years.

We're committed to diversity and inclusion, with 45 per cent of senior roles across the UK at present filled by women and half of our UK Human Health senior leadership team are women.

We’re dedicated to creating a working environment of mutual respect, inclusion and accountability. In line with reporting requirements, we welcome the opportunity to publish our gender pay gap reports.

Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs)

Rainbow Alliance (LGBTQ+), LEAD (League of Employees of African Descent), Asia Pacific Association, Next Generation Network (NGN), Women’s’ Network, capABILITY network, Alianza.

Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs)

We provide Mental Health support amongst our employees, to date having trained over 25 Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs).

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Recognition of our DE&I Strategy

We have have been shortlisted for ‘Diverse Company of the Year’ at the UK National Diversity Awards for several years running in addition to being certified a Top Employer.

Shining a light on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

When everyone can bring their whole selves to work then we can all shine

At MSD our work is more than just scientific, we recognise that we have an important part to play in tackling health disparities to drive improvements in healthcare access and outcomes for patients across the UK. We believe in creating a more equitable and inclusive society where everyone has the best chance of staying healthy and well, regardless of their background, identity and circumstances. 

Our employees with shared experiences and their allies come together as employee led business resource groups (EBRG's). By providing a community and informing change, EBRG's help everyone bring their whole selves to work. MSD enables employees to protect dedicated time for their EBRG's and a member of our executive team sponsors each EBRG to provide support and represent them at a leadership level. Together, we are taking action for inclusivity.

Our range of EBRG's (see below) have grown over time and the impact of their work has been incredibly positive, but for us DE&I is not just a destination it is a journey and we continue to push forward with greater awareness, new ideas and areas where we can make a difference.

Read our story and watch our video to hear more about our work in DE&I

Our global diversity & inclusion by the numbers.


women in management roles


Members of employee business resource groups


Jobs supported through small and diverse suppliers

Fostering an inclusive environment that embraces different perspectives and values the contributions of everyone really is paramount to us.  Having a globally and locally diverse workforce makes us a more innovative and agile company — and one better attuned to the needs of our customers, health care providers and patients who ultimately use our products.

We help our people become the very best in their fields and invest in their professional development whilst also encouraging a healthy work/life balance.

That’s why we have a range of programmes in place to support physical and mental wellbeing, including our ‘Live It’ programme providing support and resources for employees as well as over 25 trained Mental Health First Aiders.

Our people are passionate about making a difference – and our success is built upon their motivation and their passion to save and improve lives.

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