We strongly believe that young people have numerous untapped capabilities. We wish to unleash such capabilities which would empower and enable them to lead the sustainable development and Green Environmental Agenda of their countries in order to adapt to the impact of climate change. The aim of this Initiative is to educate, engage and empower youth and young entrepreneurs through access to information and change of mindset in order to enrich their understanding of sustainability as well as support their new innovative businesses in the sustainability space.
Launched in 2020, The Merck Foundation sustainability initiative plans to focus on capacity building and raising awareness in order to accelerate sustainable solutions to urban sustainability challenges through four pillar programs:
The Sustainability Ambassadors (SA): Esteemed profiles of the Sustainability Ambassadors will enable them to build advocacy and raise awareness amongst young people via media, social media and at different global and regional platforms in order to encourage youth to lead a sustainable life style with the aim of protecting the environment from further climate change.
Sustainability Education and Training Programs: Sustainability Education and Training Programs for students, community members, media, young professionals and entrepreneurs to improve access to information and change of mindset in order to strengthen their knowledge as Sustainability future leaders in their societies. These programs will encourage them to sensitize their communities and work together to find their own solutions to mitigate impact of climate change in their small but significant ways.
Networking and Partnership Opportunities: With the aim to accelerate transition to a more sustainable world, Merck Foundation will collaborate with local and global stakeholders, including Academia, Research Institutions, Multi-sectoral Businesses, Governmental and Non-Governmental Entities, as well as community organizations, media and artists.
SHAMS: Power of Ideas: SHAMS is the Arabic word for Sun. It is a program which focuses on empowering the growth of new innovative businesses in the field of Sustainability.
SHAMS program will enable our communities to benefit from new ideas that have potential to protect the environment as part of Merck Foundation Sustainability Initiative.
SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE OVERVIEW