Code of conduct and compliance

Our values and standards are the basis of our success. They always have been. They always will be. The people who use or prescribe our products have placed their trust in us.

No matter how strong our reputation, we must earn that trust again every day by practising the values and standards that have guided our company for more than 100 years.

We work hard to make sure that the integrity of this company remains a priority for everyone at MSD - every day, at every level of our company. Our code of conduct helps to make sure our employees understand what is expected of them. It also gives guidance on business standards and practices.

This is one of the many ways we continually reinforce the values on which this company was built.


As part of our long-standing commitment to good corporate citizenship, we have a well-established compliance programme. It includes policies and procedures, education and training, all of which reflect the highest standards and are tailored to MSD’s business and culture.

We also:

  • require employees to report potential violations of law or company policy
  • hold ourselves accountable for responding promptly when potential violations arise
  • take disciplinary action as appropriate
  • examine if any violations are in part due to gaps in our policies, practices or internal controls and, if so, take appropriate action to prevent future violations.

Our compliance programme is just one part of our overall commitment to operating in an ethical, open and transparent way.