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Helping Merck improve their Secondary Care Leave

Merck Group is a science and technology company with 62,770 employees across 66 countries.They strive to find solutions to some of today’s toughest challenges and create more sustainable ways to live. Their strategy is about unlocking their employees' full potential to take the company to the next level. They see engaging and retaining parents as a key part of this.

In an employee survey, 70% of employees listed parental leave in their top 3 DEI priorities and research showed that their current offering of 2 weeks paid paternity leave was not competitive as an employer. The Merck DEI team in Switzerland wanted to address this by extending Parental Leave and making it more flexible as part of their gender parity goal. Thriving Talent partnered with the DEI team to create the business case to highlight that inaction was not an option.