In Switzerland, long-term partnerships and support for local projects are integral components of MSD’s social engagement.

Our social engagement in Switzerland

Apprenticeships

MSD gives young people a strong career start and provides the training they need to become qualified professionals.

Apprenticeships

Since 1977, we have been committed to promoting young talent in the region. We offer young people the opportunity to complete apprenticeships for Swiss federal certification as a chemistry or biology laboratory technician (EFZ, Eidgenössisches Fähigkeitszeugnis) as well as business administrator (EFZ, Eidgenössisches Fähigkeitszeugnis) in the area of service and administration.

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Running for a good cause

MSD supports the SwissCityMarathon Lucerne.

Running for a good cause

Since 2010, MSD has been supporting the SwissCityMarathon Lucerne to promote exercise and sport as a means of personal health literacy. This year, our commitment will benefit both the marathon and the official charity partner of the marathon, the Swiss Committee of UNICEF. For the first time, all participants can run the "UNICEF Extra Mile" for a good cause following their 10, 21 or 42-kilometer distance. MSD donates for every Extra Mile run until the donation target of 20,000 Swiss francs for UNICEF has been reached.

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«MSD for Mothers Grant»

for Swiss project in Tanzania

«MSD for Mothers Grant»
for Swiss projects in Tanzania

The “MSD for Mothers” program was initiated in 2011 to support the UN program “Every Woman Every Child” with 500 million US dollars over ten years. The program aims to reduce maternal mortality by 75 % and to create better access to reproductive healthcare. As part of this initiative, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel received the MSD for Mothers Grant to support the «One-stop-clinic » in Ifakara, Tanzania that provides integrated healthcare to HIV-infected pregnant women and their families.

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Corporate Volunteering

Our employees commit their time to helping others in social projects.

Corporate Volunteering

As part of MSD's Corporate Volunteering Program, we give our employees time for social commitment. They can use up to 40 of their working hours every year to do volunteer activities that support non-profit organizations: voluntarily and during working hours.

Activities

Christmas afternoon at the Haus für Mutter und Kind in Hergiswil (2017)

On this afternoon, MSD employees gave the residents of the Haus für Mutter und Kind in Hergiswil time to get ready for Christmas. With instruction from a florist, they worked together with the mothers to craft Advent flower arrangements and played with the children. They told Christmas stories, sang, played games and gave the children little gifts that were contributed and lovingly wrapped by MSD employees.


"2 x Christmas" campaign with the Swiss Red Cross (2017 and 2016)

In the context of the "2x Christmas" campaign, the Regulatory Affairs Team supported the Swiss Red Cross in filling 300 shopping bags with food and hygienic articles and distributing them to people in need in the Entlebuch region.


Building a bike path at the Haus für Mutter und Kind (2016)

A group of MSD employees worked to convert a gravel walk into a bike path in the Haus für Mutter und Kind's garden. A second group helped to take care of the children and do the housekeeping.

The hours that all employees worldwide have spent in volunteer activities can be seen in MSD's Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

MSD Corporate Responsibility

MSD Fellowship for Global Health

Our employees do on-site volunteer work to improve the health of the people who are in the greatest need.

MSD Fellowship for Global Health

The MSD Fellowship for Global Health is a three-month volunteer program that gives our employees a chance to apply their talents and expertise around the world. The employees chosen for this program are called Richard T. Clark (RTC) fellows in honor of our former CEO Dick Clark. The program matches our employees' expertise with non-profit organizations all around the world in order to meaningfully and systematically improve healthcare for people in the greatest need.

In 2017, two MSD Switzerland employees had the opportunity to take part in the program. Siân Perry worked for three months in Cusco, Peru, supporting the work of CerviCusco, a non-profit medical clinic that seeks to prevent death and suffering from cervical cancer in the region. Susie Wood spent three months in Malawi supporting the Institute for Child Wellness in Africa (TICWA) in connection with Africare in their effort to establish innovative approaches to improving health and opportunities for Africa's children.