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Small Business Supplier Diversity


At Merck, we are committed to fostering a truly inclusive culture that is representative of the communities in which we work and live. The more diverse our people, the better we can address current and future challenges to make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve.

We approach Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with purpose and intention, recognizing the value diversity brings to our business and the industry as a whole. As such, we see supplier diversity as a business imperative and proactively work to ensure an inclusive approach to procurement is taken throughout our sectors.

Within a diversified supplier landscape business and economic opportunities are enhanced for all. The benefits of Merck’s commitment to Supplier Diversity extend deep into the community, strengthening connections with the small businesses that drive our economy, and specifically supporting those that are owned by historically under-represented groups, including minorities, women, LGBTQ and veterans, among other.

Merck continues to collaborate across the business and with our partners to drive supplier diversity and enhance the work we are doing to support our communities. For more information on our programs click here.


A Diverse Supplier is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group. Businesses that qualify may be:

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
  • Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • LGBTQ owned
  • Veteran owned (VO)
  • Service disabled Veteran (SDB)
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB)
  • Defined small business enterprises (SBA)

Note: our Supplier Diversity program is currently focused in the United States. We are planning to expand the program outside of the United States to other countries beginning in 2024.

If you are an existing supplier and haven’t already done so, please register with our partner Supplier IO: SupplierOne. Registration is free.

In case you do not wish to register, you may share a copy of your certification with Merck, which can be sent to Supplier IO to verify and upload to the database.

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