EMD Serono Recognized as a Top GTA Employer for Third Year

  • Celebrates Honour with $80,000 in Support to Local Women's and Children's Charities

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - EMD Serono, a Division of EMD Inc., Canada, an Affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been recognized as a Greater Toronto Top Employer for 2012, by Mediacorp Canada Inc., as featured in the Globe and Mail. This is the third year in a row that EMD Serono has been named a top GTA employer. To honour this, it has committed $80,000 in support of Halton Women's Place and Future Possibilities for Kids.

"One of the things that makes our company a great place to work is having engaged employees," said EMD Canada President Deborah Brown. "Engaged individuals care on both a personal and professional level, not just about the quality of their individual work but about how together we can positively impact others and the communities where we live and work."

"I'm proud to work for an employer who not only supports those with unique healthcare needs but also sees the benefit in supporting the unique social needs of the community," said Mallika Bhaduri, Product Manager, Endocrinology for EMD Serono. "Engaging employees to find solutions to unmet needs is what makes this a great place to work."

Managed by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the Greater Toronto Top Employers award recognizes GTA employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Organizations are selected based on physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; financial and family benefits; vacation and time-off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Employers are compared to others in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

EMD Serono was awarded based on several programs that make it an excellent place to work. For example, it provides parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new birth or adoptive parents; it supports employees' continuous career development by covering the full cost of course tuition, and it offers a wellness subsidy for employees and their families alike.

EMD Serono is continuing a tradition started in 2009, when it received its first Top GTA Employer award. That year, it committed $100,000 to The Mississauga Food Bank, Halton Learning Centre and Halton Women's Place. With its second award in 2010, it launched the Employee Matching Program, which matches corporate funds to individual employee fundraising and volunteer efforts. This year, it is launching the Employees Making a Difference program, which supports Halton Women's Place and Future Possibilities for Kids with approximately $80,000 in funds tied to specific initiatives, including:

  • A Community Outreach Counselor for Halton Women's Place. Funded by EMD Serono, the counselor's role is to educate primary and secondary school children on what they can do to help stop the cycle of abuse;
  • Mentorship Programs to Develop Future 'Possibilitarians' with Future Possibilities for Kids:  EMD Serono will provide financial and employee resources to support individual and group mentorship programs ('Ready, Set, Goal' and 'Ready, Set, Action') designed to help kids from 8 to 12 years of age set and accomplish goals to make the world a better place.

EMD Serono employees will also assist with related programs that support these two main initiatives, such as volunteering to support a child's community project for a day and delivering specialty knowledge workshops to children for a day. It will also continue its furniture-building program to support former residents of Halton Women's Place with resettling in the community.

"The positive impact of EMD's commitment to the women and children we support has grown each year," said Diane Beaulieu, Executive Director of Halton Women's Place. "From an initial donation to support programs at the shelter, to support for families when they move back into the community and now a program to help end the cycle of abuse. That's true leadership."

"EMD and Future Possibilities for Kids share a passion for 'possibility thinking'. We are delighted that EMD will be supporting our mission to inspire and empower kids to transform themselves and their communities," said Lianne Picot, Executive Director of Future Possibilities for Kids. "We look forward to EMD employees getting involved as volunteers to support our 'Future Possibilitarians' in developing leadership skills and accomplishing their goals."

About the Greater Toronto's Top Employer Award

Now in its seventh year, Greater Toronto's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers in the GTA that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. The project is unique in that it's the only editorially based competitionrecognizing outstanding workplaces specifically in the GTA.

Employers apply for the Greater Toronto's Top Employers competition through the Canada's Top 100 Employers application process. For this year's national competition, Medicacorp editors examined the recruitment histories of over 75,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for its popular job search site, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, Mediacorp invited 10,000 of the fastest-growing employers to apply, plus another 2,500 companies and organizations in industries its editors wanted to examine more closely. Employers completed an extensive application process that included a detailed review of their operations and HR practices. Over 2,750 employers started this year's application process.

About EMD Serono's Employees Making a Difference Program

Through its corporate giving program and the efforts of employees, EMD Serono supports community events which help raise awareness and much needed fundraising dollars for charitable organizations. EMD Canada supports a broad range of charitable and not for profit organizations with a health, education, or social services focus, which provide hope, independence and opportunity to otherwise vulnerable or at risk groups in the community. For more information about the charities that EMD Serono is honouring through its Top Employer Award, visit: Future Possibilities for Kids at www.fpcanada.org and Halton Women's Place at www.haltonwomensplace.com

About EMD Serono, Canada

EMD Serono is a Division of EMD Inc., Canada, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. In Canada, EMD Serono provides innovative drug therapies that address unmet medical needs in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases, fertility and endocrinology. EMD Serono employs approximately 150 people across Canada and is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario.  For more information, please visit to www.emdserono.ca

About Merck Serono

Merck Serono is the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a global pharmaceutical and chemical company. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Merck Serono discovers, develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines of both chemical and biological origin in specialist indications.  In the United States and Canada, EMD Serono operates as a separately incorporated affiliate of Merck Serono.

Merck  Serono  has  leading  brands serving patients with cancer (Erbitux®, cetuximab),  multiple  sclerosis  (Rebif®, interferon beta-1a), infertility (Gonal-f®,  follitropin  alfa),  endocrine and metabolic disorders (Saizen® and  Serostim®,  somatropin),  (Kuvan®,  sapropterin  dihydrochloride), (Egrifta®,  tesamorelin), as well as cardiometabolic diseases (Glucophage®, metformin),  (Concor®,  bisoprolol),  (Euthyrox®,  levothyroxine).  Not all products are available in all markets.

With  an annual R&D expenditure of over € 1bn, Merck Serono is committed to growing  its  business  in  specialist-focused  therapeutic areas including neurodegenerative  diseases, oncology, fertility and endocrinology, as well as  new  areas  potentially arising  out  of  research  and development in rheumatology.

About Merck

Merck is a global pharmaceutical and chemical company with total revenues of € 9.3 billion in 2010, a history that began in 1668, and a future shaped by more than 40,000 employees in 67 countries. Its success is characterized by innovations from entrepreneurial employees. Merck's operating activities come under the umbrella of Merck KGaA, in which the Merck family holds an approximately 70% interest and shareholders own the remaining approximately 30%.  In 1917 the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.

For more information, please visit www.merckserono.com or www.merckgroup.com

SOURCE EMD Serono

For further information:

Norm Berberich
Tel. 1 905 919-0163


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