MSD Vietnam honoured with AmCham CSR award by US ambassador

December 07, 2023 | 16:12
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US Ambassador Marc E. Knapper presented MSD in Vietnam, a corporate social responsibility award from the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, on December 6 for its continuous efforts in bringing a positive impact to society.
MSD Vietnam honoured with AmCham CSR award by US ambassador
AmCham continues to recognise MSD Vietnam’s commitment to transparency, good corporate governance, and sustainable business practices

MSD, known as Merck & Co. Inc., Rahway, N.J., in the United States and Canada, came to Vietnam nearly 30 years ago and has contributed to the development of the healthcare industry.

In 2008, it introduced the first HPV vaccine in Vietnam and accelerated partnership programmes to protect millions of women and girls from cervical cancer.

MSD is fully committed to supporting the global strategy of the World Health Organisation to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer. To fulfill the unmet need for personalised education, MSD recently introduced Minah, an AI virtual wellness coach, to raise awareness of HPV protection among the younger generation.

The company is proud of being the first to introduce immuno-oncology in Vietnam in December 2017. This month, it was once again recognised by the Bright Future Fund for being one of the most generous companies in helping eligible cancer patients access innovative treatments through its Patient Access Programmes, which have been implemented since 2018.

MSD Vietnam honoured with AmCham CSR award by US ambassador

Aiming to lower the company’s carbon footprint, in July, MSD relocated its Hanoi office to the first high-rise building in the city with LEED-gold certification, which meets standards for reducing electricity usage and protecting the environment. This month, MSD Vietnam has also inaugurated its new office in Ho Chi Minh City.

Both new workplaces are designed according to internationally certified standards and have modern and well-equipped facilities to improve all employees' physical and mental health. The opening of the new offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, together with the inauguration of the newly expanded warehouse (with quadrupled capacity) in the same year, marks a milestone in MSD's commitment to continuous investment in the quest to become a trusted healthcare partner in Vietnam.

Moreover, the annual activities that MSD has been pursuing include beach clean-ups and blood donations. MSD Vietnam volunteers have been contributing to the removal of tonnes of waste from Nha Trang and Phan Thiet beaches and encouraging the reduction of single-use plastics. For two consecutive years, MSD Vietnam has hosted Blood Donor Day and collected nearly 200 units of blood, contributing to saving the lives of patients in need.

MSD Vietnam honoured with AmCham CSR award by US ambassador
Jennifer Cox, managing director of MSD Vietnam, is one of more than 100 donors who participated in the blood drive in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross last November

Jennifer Cox, managing director of MSD Vietnam said, "I would like to thank AmCham Vietnam for selecting MSD for this award. My deep gratitude goes to the entire team at MSD Vietnam for their unwavering commitment to saving and improving more lives than ever before in Vietnam."

"This award and the recent recognition as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2023 is an incentive for MSD to continue making far-reaching investments in Vietnam."

For more than 130 years, MSD has brought hope to humanity through the development of important medicines and vaccines. MSD aspires to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world – and today, MSD is at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals.

MSD fosters a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operates responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable, and healthy future for all people and communities.

MSD Vietnam and Red Cross host first blood donation day MSD Vietnam and Red Cross host first blood donation day

MSD Vietnam has hosted a blood donation day for the first time in collaboration with the Red Cross, in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, with the participation of more than 100 employees and their family members.

MSD Vietnam inaugurates new office in Hanoi MSD Vietnam inaugurates new office in Hanoi

Biopharma company MSD Vietnam, known as Merck & Co. in the US and Canada, inaugurated its new office in Hanoi on July 7.

MSD placing further investment in Vietnam to make a difference MSD placing further investment in Vietnam to make a difference

MSD Vietnam this month inaugurated a new office in Hanoi and expanded a storage warehouse in Cat Lai Industrial Zone in Ho Chi Minh City. VIR’s Hoang Anh talked to managing director Jennifer Cox on the forward-looking strategy of the company.

By Thanh Van

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