Because millions of people around the world depend on our products, we have high standards for how we should conduct ourselves as a company.
Our chief compliance officer, who reports directly to the CEO, is responsible for ensuring high ethical standards and compliance across our business globally. This includes:
- Making sure that the company complies with all applicable laws and regulations;
- Through MSD's Office of Ethics, reinforcing the company's overall commitment to ethical business practices and behavior, at every level of the company; and
- Safeguarding inpidual privacy expectations through oversight of our global privacy program.
Our Office of Ethics supports our commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all of our business practices. We map out clear expectations for employees and hold them accountable for their behavior. We also have a number of mechanisms available such as an Ombudsman office and global Advice Line to help counsel employees who face challenging situations.
We also remain committed to operating openly and with integrity. We have taken significant steps recently to improve transparency, committing to public disclosure of our financial support for third-party groups and for healthcare providers who speak on behalf of MSD or our products. We also make sure that study results of our marketed products-regardless of outcome-are made available quickly on ClinicalTrials.gov.