By Mike Thien,
    senior vice president, Global Biologics, Therapeutic Proteins & Sterile Operations

    As one of the people who helps oversee Merck’s manufacturing facilities, part of my job is to ensure sustainability through good stewardship of water resources, while making sure our sites operate responsibly and safely. Access to clean water is critical for human health and is key to our manufacturing operations.

    We’ve improved water stewardship in our manufacturing division by working to minimize our water use and impact by:

    • Reducing water use over the past 6 years by 30 percent, for example by conserving water used for heating and cooling, which has a positive impact both financially and for the environment
    • Returning water safely to the environment
    • Carefully choosing our partners, not only from a financial or quality perspective, but also from an environmental view.

    As the senior vice president for Global Biologics, Therapeutic Proteins & Sterile Operations, I believe we can all become more thoughtful about how much water we use, and we can share best practices with our colleagues. Becoming better stewards and practicing sustainable water use will better guarantee that the water will be there for us when we need it – for our business and for society.

    Manufacturing & Supply Chain

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    Our global water strategy aims to achieve sustainable water management within our operations and our supply chain. Learn more.

    In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations came together to create a plan for achieving a better future for all. Their goal is an ambitious one — they want to help end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. This proposal is called “Agenda 2030” and is comprised of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define how to help create a better world. Fulfilling these SDGs will take an unprecedented effort, and for business they represent an opportunity to benefit society while growing and sustaining our business. Learn more about Merck's commitment to the SDG's