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:
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 AdviceLine 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 Merck or our products. We also make sure that study results of our products - regardless of outcome - are made available quickly on ClinicalTrials.gov.