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Costco Wholesale

Costco Wholesale is one of the world's largest retailers. Established in 1976 in San Diego, it currently operates a membership warehouse club, offering its several million members a selection of nationally branded and private-label products. It purchases most of its merchandise directly from manufacturers and routes it to cross-docking consolidation points (depots) or directly to warehouses. Costco Wholesale offers a diversified product portfolio across food and sundries, hardlines, fresh foods, soft lines and ancillary, among others.

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Governance and strategy

#1 0.8 /10 #248


#1 7.5 /30 #131


#1 1.3 /30 #225

Social inclusion

#1 5.8 /30 #156
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Segment Rank
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #132
Food retailers #40

Segment ranking summary

Costco Wholesale ranks 132nd in the food and beverage manufacturers and processors segment and 40th in the food retailer segment. The company performs better relative to food and beverage manufacturer peers than it does relative to food retailer peers. Overall within both segments the company performs averagely in the environment and social inclusion measurement areas and below average in the governance and strategy and nutrition measurement areas. Given its consumer-facing role the company notably lacks disclosure on key issues such as responsible marketing, clear and transparent labelling of products, as well as increasing the availability and accessibility of healthy foods.

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The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

More about the company

Issaquah, Washington, United States of America
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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