Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Innovation Award – an incentive for creative minds

We encourage our employees to self-initiative, creativity and innovation. The Innovation Award – a global and cross-divisional award for our employees – was launched in 1998, and is granted every year. It aims to honor innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving costs.
The Innovation Award is not only aimed at engineers and scientists, but all employees. As innovative ideas are often born in a team, the Award is also intended to promote teamwork.
The Innovation Award consists of four categories.
  • Change
  • Innovation
  • Business Excellence
  • Customer Orientation


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