Merck and Its Employees to Donate to Japanese Relief Effort

Merck KGaA announced today that in order to provide assistance to the Japanese people following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of their country, the company will donate a total of 100 million YEN (approximately EUR 875,000).

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The major part of the donation will be given to the international relief organization “Save the Children”. Merck's Japanese subsidiaries will decide how the remainder of the donation will be distributed. The region around Onahama, where one of Merck's production sites is located and which is close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant, will definitely benefit from the donations.

The company is also encouraging its employees to make donations and has agreed to
match employee contributions. These funds will also be given to “Save the Children”.
Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck, said: “Our thoughts
are with all the people in the regions impacted by the tragedy. We sincerely hope that
the situation in Fukushima will be controlled soon and that no additional damage will
occur so that reconstruction can start soon. Our donations are meant to help and
support Japan.”

Kley added: “During the years I lived in Japan, I had the opportunity to experience and
understand the strength, courage and dedication of the Japanese people. I therefore
firmly believe that this country will emerge stronger from this national tragedy. Merck
will support Japan in that effort by continuing to invest there in research and
development and operations.”
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