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.

Summary of Costco’s Grade

oversight

4 out of 15

Oversight: Assigned corporate management responsibility
4 out of 15 points
policy

0 out of 20

Policy: Adopted a retailer safer chemicals policy
0 out of 20 points
disclosure

0 out of 10

Disclosure: Requires suppliers to report use of chemicals in products to retailer
0 out of 10 points
action

0 out of 10

Action: Reduced or eliminated chemicals of high concern within the last three years
0 out of 10 points
safer alternatives

0 out of 10

Safer Alternatives: Evaluates safer alternatives, avoids regrettable substitutes
0 out of 10 points
transparency

0 out of 15

Transparency: Demonstrates a commitment to transparency and public disclosure
0 out of 15 points
chemical-footprint

0 out of 10

Chemical Footprint: Evaluates its chemical footprint
0 out of 10 points
third-party standards

2.5 out of 10

Third-Party Standards: Promotes credible third party standards for safer products
2.5 out of 10 points

Extra Credit

dialogue

3 out of 5

Dialogue: Engaged in safer chemicals dialogue with the Mind the Store campaign
3 out of 5 points
joint announcement

0 out of 5

Joint Announcement: Public commitment demonstrated through joint announcement
0 out of 5 points
continuous improvement

0 out of 10

Continuous Improvement: Show continuous improvement by steadily expanding safer chemicals policy
0 out of 10 points
safer products

0 out of 5

Safer Products: Program to promote safer products in stores and/or on website
0 out of 5 points
collaboration

0 out of 5

Collaboration: Actively participates in collaborative process to promote safer chemicals
0 out of 5 points

Letter grade = F

Total points = 9.5 out of 130