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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Palm oil
      ""Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "These certifications help to ensure that the needs of the forest ecosystems and their communities are balanced with conservation of our forests for future generations."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    25/86
    • Beef
      13/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          “We have a global confidential ethics hotline to promote compliance with our Code of Ethics, our Supplier Code of Conduct, and other legal and ethical policies: www.costco.ethicspoint.com” 
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Costco require suppliers to demonstrate good land stewardship practices [including] ensuring the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous people."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Costco Wholesale Corporation require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Cost require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      46/86
      • Commitment Strength
        23/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Target date
            2021
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1/1.3
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Target date
            2021
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1/1.3
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is that all palm oil used in Kirkland Signature products will be 100% RSPO certified (or equivalent) by 2021 or sooner. In addition, we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner: 1. Compliance with RSPO Principles (or equivalent). 2. Protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests. 3. No new development on peatlands and the use of Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peatlands". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          “We have a global confidential ethics hotline to promote compliance with our Code of Ethics, our Supplier Code of Conduct, and other legal and ethical policies: www.costco.ethicspoint.com” 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
           “In 2017, Costco completed a 14-month partnership project with IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative, Winrock International and Cargill to develop a draft Protocol for Oil Palm Independent Smallholders for Sustainable and Responsible Management of Peat Areas.”
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          22,926 Tonnes
          Costco Wholesale Corporation report the total palm oil and palm oil products for 2019 at 27,985 tonnes and the compliant volume at 22,926 Tonnes. 
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Costco require suppliers to demonstrate good land stewardship practices [including] ensuring the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous people."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Costco Wholesale Corporation require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Cost require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          “we support practices to help achieve zero net deforestation and support smallholders. Accordingly, our goal is for all Kirkland Signature suppliers to source palm oil based upon the following principles by 2021 or sooner […]Support for the integration of smallholders into sustainable supply chains”. 
    • Soy
      13/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          “We have a global confidential ethics hotline to promote compliance with our Code of Ethics, our Supplier Code of Conduct, and other legal and ethical policies: www.costco.ethicspoint.com” 
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Costco require suppliers to demonstrate good land stewardship practices [including] ensuring the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous people."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Costco Wholesale Corporation require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Cost require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      33/86
      • Commitment Strength
        17/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            "In 2018, Costco began in earnest to work with all of our suppliers to continue to convert Kirkland Signature paper products to certified programs. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, 95% of Kirkland Signature paper products are from certified well-managed forests, which include FSC, SFI or PEFC." 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018, Costco began in earnest to work with all of our suppliers to continue to convert Kirkland Signature paper products to certified programs. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, 95% of Kirkland Signature paper products are from certified well-managed forests, which include FSC, SFI or PEFC." 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018, Costco began in earnest to work with all of our suppliers to continue to convert Kirkland Signature paper products to certified programs. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, 95% of Kirkland Signature paper products are from certified well-managed forests, which include FSC, SFI or PEFC." 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018, Costco began in earnest to work with all of our suppliers to continue to convert Kirkland Signature paper products to certified programs. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, 95% of Kirkland Signature paper products are from certified well-managed forests, which include FSC, SFI or PEFC." 
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Costco recognizes that there is a limited supply of certified fiber, so it encourages the use of recycled content whenever possible.”
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Costco recognizes that there is a limited supply of certified fiber, so it encourages the use of recycled content whenever possible.”
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Costco recognizes that there is a limited supply of certified fiber, so it encourages the use of recycled content whenever possible.”
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Costco recognizes that there is a limited supply of certified fiber, so it encourages the use of recycled content whenever possible.”
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Costco recognizes that there is a limited supply of certified fiber, so it encourages the use of recycled content whenever possible.”
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2018, Costco began in earnest to work with all of our suppliers to continue to convert Kirkland Signature paper products to certified programs. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, 95% of Kirkland Signature paper products are from certified well-managed forests, which include FSC, SFI or PEFC." 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "In 2018, Costco began in earnest to work with all of our suppliers to continue to convert Kirkland Signature paper products to certified programs. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, 95% of Kirkland Signature paper products are from certified well-managed forests, which include FSC, SFI or PEFC." 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          “We have a global confidential ethics hotline to promote compliance with our Code of Ethics, our Supplier Code of Conduct, and other legal and ethical policies: www.costco.ethicspoint.com” 
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Costco require suppliers to demonstrate good land stewardship practices [including] ensuring the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous people."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Costco Wholesale Corporation require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Cost require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      20/86
      • Commitment Strength
        7/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "Today, all teak sold at Costco is 100% FSC-certified. Costco has expanded FSC certification to other species of solid wood products, including FSC-certified cedar wood playsets, gazebos, and pavilions."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Today, all teak sold at Costco is 100% FSC-certified. Costco has expanded FSC certification to other species of solid wood products, including FSC-certified cedar wood playsets, gazebos, and pavilions."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Today, all teak sold at Costco is 100% FSC-certified. Costco has expanded FSC certification to other species of solid wood products, including FSC-certified cedar wood playsets, gazebos, and pavilions."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Today, all teak sold at Costco is 100% FSC-certified. Costco has expanded FSC certification to other species of solid wood products, including FSC-certified cedar wood playsets, gazebos, and pavilions."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          “We have a global confidential ethics hotline to promote compliance with our Code of Ethics, our Supplier Code of Conduct, and other legal and ethical policies: www.costco.ethicspoint.com” 
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Costco require suppliers to demonstrate good land stewardship practices [including] ensuring the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous people."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Costco Wholesale Corporation require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Cost require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    9/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Costco Wholesale Corporation as a global retailer and wholesaler. The company offers products such as groceries, apparel, furniture, houseware, office suppliers and health and beauty aids across 762 warehouses as of 2018.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Coscto, Kirkland Signature

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