Costco decided to stay out of politics and has thus avoided cancel culture and weaponizing its business for political purposes. Costco does not support or fund ideological groups hostile to free expression and avoids political and religious discrimination. For these reasons, Costco receives a "Lower Risk" rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
Costco has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political or religious beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Costco’s donation program is specifically directed at nonprofits that focus on kids, education, or health and human services. Eligible organizations must also be in the same neighborhood as a Costco store. Given its causes, Costco’s donations do not include “religious organizations for religious purposes” (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Costco’s employment policy protects against many forms of discrimination, including religious and political ideology (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Costco has not publicly used its corporate reputation to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies.
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
There are no known instances of Costco funding ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression (1).
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
Costco does not make political donations to candidates or causes and has the policy to stay out of politics in general (1).
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December 31, 2022
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