GRI Index: Economic Performance Indicators

Specific Standard Disclosures

DMA* and Indicators



External Assurance


Disclosures on Management Approach.

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft has provided limited assurance on the indicators in the chapter "Facts and figures", including explanatory notes, in the online Corporate Responsibility Report for the business year 2014 of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. You can find the Independent Assurance Report in the Assurance Report

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft has audited the Consolidated Financial Statements together with the Group Management’s Report for the business year from January 1 to December 31, 2014 of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. You can find the Independent Auditor’s Report in the Auditor’s report 

Aspect: Economic Performance


Management Approach


Economic performance 
Pension Plans 
Report on Risks and Opportunities 
Employee Engagement



Direct economic value generated and distributed


Income Statement 
Cash Flow Statement 
Figures by division, country and region 
Personnel expenses 
Indicators Society


Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change

We report in detail on various aspects of climate change as part of our participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Climate protection
Global Compact CoP
Report on Risks and Opportunities 



Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations


Indicators Employees
Pension Plans 


Financial assistance received from government


Accounting policies for property, plant and equipment 
Property, plant and equipment 
Research and development spending 

Aspect: Market Presence


Management Approach


Management Employees
Good leadership
Diversity and inclusion
Employee Engagement



Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation

This indicator is not relevant to us, which is why we do not collect data on the ratio of the standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage. Being a pharmaceutical and chemical company, we employ highly qualified individuals. Our Global Rewards Policy applies to all our subsidiaries worldwide and guarantees a systematic compensation structure. Base pay is oriented to the median base pay, and short-term variable compensation is based on the third quartile of the relevant reference market. The overall compensation package thus exceeds the market median.

Indicators Employees
Human Rights Charter 


Proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation

We encourage both local hiring and international appointments across all levels of the hierarchy. The percentage of local managers is not recorded as it is not relevant to our strategic personnel planning.

Diversity and inclusion


Aspect: Procurement Practices


Management Approach


Management Suppliers
Supply chain



Proportion of spending on local suppliers at significant locations of operation


Supply chain