Letter grade = F
Total points = 9.5 out of 130
Costco received the second lowest grade of any retailer evaluated, receiving only 9.5 points and a letter grade of F. The company has no public written safer chemicals policy in place, unlike many competitors. Costco was surprisingly the only major retailer that did not publicly report any progress in eliminating chemicals of high concern over the past three years. Costco sells some private label cleaning products that are Safer Choice certified.
Opportunities for improvement: Costco can make progress by developing a public written safer chemicals policy and setting public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating chemicals of high concern, beginning with its private label products. Costco should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers.