Costco Wholesale

Sustainability Report and Carbon Intensity Rankings

Is Costco Wholesale doing their part?

Their DitchCarbon score is 33

Costco Wholesale has a DitchCarbon Score of 33 out of 100, indicating room for improvement in their sustainability practices. This score reflects a higher carbon intensity in their operations, suggesting that Costco’s environmental impact is significant. The company could benefit from strategies to reduce its carbon footprint and enhance its sustainability measures.

This was calculated based on 30+ company specific emissions data points, the higher the score, the better. Check out our methodology.

Industry emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

Costco Wholesale is part of the retail sector, which has a low carbon intensity ranking compared to other industries. Some industries are more damaging than others, this ranking gives you an indication of how carbon intensive the industry is which this company operates in.

Location emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

Costco Wholesale operates in the United States, which has a low carbon intensity rating. This suggests that the company’s sustainability efforts are supported by the country’s overall lower environmental impact from energy use.

...this company is doing 14.38% worse in emissions than the industry average.

Costco Wholesale, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, is a leading player in the US retail sector. The company operates as a global retailer with expansive warehouse club operations across 10 countries, emphasizing quality and ethical business practices. Offering a range of services including bulk retail and membership benefits, Costco is known for its commitment to employee satisfaction and customer service excellence.

Bad news, Costco Wholesale hasn't committed to SBTi goals yet

Costco Wholesale has not yet established specific commitments with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This means the company has not publicly defined or committed to precise targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science.
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