Information for Merck Shareholders Regarding our 2017 Shareholder Proposal
April 21, 2017 // Boston, MA – Trillium Asset Management has published a letter to shareholders of Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) calling for support of our Product Safety and Quality shareholder proposal on the company’s 2017 proxy. The letter provides an overview of the importance of the issue as well why we believe shareholders should vote in favor of this proposal. The proposal asks the company to analyze governance improvements the Board could take to strengthen the Board’s oversight of product manufacturing safety and quality.
An October 2016, PWC survey reported that 85% of board members in the pharma/life sciences industry feel that regulatory compliance risks pose the greatest oversight challenged to their boards.  We believe the Board should make sure it is going above and beyond to demonstrate its command of manufacturing product quality and safety oversight.
Trillium filed a similar proposal at medical device manufacturing company, Zimmer Biomet Holdings (NYSE:ZBH), which was successfully withdrawn following the company’s commitment to add explicit oversight of product safety and quality to the charter of the existing Research, Innovation, and Technology Committee of the Board.
Read the letter here.
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