One thing I’ve realized over the past seven years working in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is that perception is a powerful thing. When I walked into a room and sat down to talk about what we at MilliporeSigma were doing in CSR, I could script how it would go. In fact, I should have placed bets because I could have retired by now. People anticipated and expected fluff.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany—whose life science business in the U.S. and Canada operates as MilliporeSigma—recently published its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report. Available online at http://reports.emdgroup.com/2016/cr-report/, the report details the company's activities across the globe in health, environment, and culture & education.
At MilliporeSigma, we have fostered a culture of problem solving. I was fortunate to work with our CEO, Udit Batra, to help develop the problem-solving model for our organization. What I find so interesting about the process and the concept is that, at the end of the day, it’s all very simple. We use a simple model to address very complex and tough challenges that not only our organization and our 1 million customers face, but also brilliant scientists and researchers.
Be brave, creative, and curious: that’s what we say at Girlstart every day. We hope to inspire girls to make this their personal goal, because we believe that these three traits are vital to nurturing tomorrow’s STEM workforce. Everything that we do is designed to foster interest and excitement in STEM studies, majors, and careers. MilliporeSigma—a long-time partner and supporter of our programs—demonstrates this same belief through its science education efforts, aimed at inspiring curiosity in the next generation of scientists.
Mobile science lab to visit nine locations through June 2017
BILLERICA, Mass., April 5, 2017 /3BL Media/ — MilliporeSigma today announced nine stops for the first half of its national, year-long Curiosity Cube™ tour. Built on the company’s successful Curiosity Labs™ program, the Curiosity Cube™—a 22x10-foot, retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a mobile science lab—is sparking scientific curiosity through interactive, hands-on science experiments.
by Jeffrey Whitford, Head of Global Corporate Responsibility for MilliporeSigma
I didn’t want to believe; in fact, I’ve spent years fighting it. People go on and on about the power of data and I just didn’t see it.
I come from a world where skill in design and creativity can make almost anything work, and creating words isn’t frowned upon—or at least that’s what I told myself. I figured that I could sell my Corporate Responsibility story with words and pictures and do just fine—until I had one of those painful “Aha” moments.
Hoping to engage more than 300,000 people in a nationwide tour, a German-based biotech Saturday unveiled its Curiosity Cube science lab at Petco Park in one of the nation’s largest science expos.
Petco was the first stop on the 12-month tour of the cube, a hands-on lab housed in a 22-by-10-foot shipping container retrofitted by MilliporeSigma, the North American arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
The world around us is constantly being changed and challenged by advancements in science. Think of how far we’ve come in just the past few years in regard to our access to technology, health care and knowledge. Scientific advancements make the world a more exciting place—they enable us to live a vibrant today, while giving us hope for an even brighter tomorrow.
Curiosity, in my view, is one of the driving forces behind everything we do—and everything we are capable of doing. Through curiosity in science, I believe we are given a unique way to help make a difference. Or, as we like to say at MilliporeSigma, science enables us to help solve the world’s toughest problems.
Many companies have sustainability targets and goals that center around in-house projects like energy and greenhouse gas reduction, water reduction and waste reduction. These targets are important, but they beg the question: Is there more that can be done to maximize a company’s total potential impact on the environment?