Company Ranking21 out of
Costco Wholesale Corp. (Costco), which operates membership warehouses selling food goods and sundries and is among the ten largest global retailers,1 ranks 21st out of 43 companies, disclosing about the same amount of information on its forced labor policies and practices as its peers. Since 2018, Costco has improved its score by five points by disclosing further detail on its monitoring process and a partnership with its suppliers and a non-profit focused on responsible recruitment. Costco scores higher than average on the themes of Recruitment and Remedy and lower than average on all other themes. KnowTheChain identified one allegation of forced labor in Costco’s supply chains; the company does not disclose engagement with affected stakeholders nor remedy outcomes for workers. It is encouraged to improve on the themes of Commitment & Governance, Purchasing Practices, and Worker Voice.
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THEME & indicator score
The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. The themes are comprised of a total of 12 key indicators. For each indicator, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||80 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||0 / 100|
|Training||30 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||50 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||12.5 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||25 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||12.5 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||0 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||25 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||75 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||15 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||0 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||25 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||30 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||40 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||10 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||75 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||0 / 100|