North American Businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Certified as 2017 Top Employer

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company which operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials in the United States and Canada, announced that its North American businesses have been certified by the Top Employers Institute for exceptional employee offerings.

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In addition to North America, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has also achieved Top Employer status in the following regions where it operates businesses: Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

"Throughout our nearly 350 year history, attracting the best and brightest talent in key regions such as North America, has been a fundamental part of what we do as a successful global company. Whether one is seeking a career in the research lab, or on the manufacturing floor, the opportunities are boundless at MilliporeSigma, EMD Serono and EMD Performance Materials in this region and this recognition only reaffirms the potential for people joining our organization," said Udit Batra, Member of the Executive Board, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and CEO, MilliporeSigma.

"We are honored to receive this official certification as all of the businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany are committed to empowering our talented employees to do their best work," said Gary Zieziula, President and Managing Director of EMD Serono and the spokesperson for the North American businesses for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. "We are focused on continuing to foster a collaborative and creative environment so our employees can grow professionally and be inspired to further our mission of creating technologies that enhance the lives of people around the world."

The annual, international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognizes leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization, and which strive to continuously optimize employment practices.

This recognition follows the Massachusetts-based businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany—MilliporeSigma and EMD Serono —which were named to The Boston Globe's annual "Top Places to Work" list in 2016. In addition, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, ranked number 11 among the top 20 employers in the global biopharmaceutical industry by Science magazine, a leading peer-reviewed international scientific publication, also in 2016.

To achieve the Top Employers certification companies undergo a stringent research process in which they are assessed on criteria including talent strategy, workforce planning, leadership development and culture.

"Optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop themselves personally and professionally," said David Plink, CEO of the Top Employers Institute. "Our comprehensive research concluded that Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany provides an outstanding employment environment, and offers a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions, to performance-management programs that are well thought out and truly aligned with the culture of their company."

To learn more about the Top Employers Institute and the Top Employers Certification, visit: www.top-employers.com.

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