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People & Communities

At Costco, we believe that people are at the heart of everything we do. With 304,000 employees worldwide, the foundation of our continuing success and growth is attracting and retaining great employees. In addition to our own employees, we recognize that we impact communities all over the globe, and we strive to make a positive contribution in those communities. Also, we work closely and cooperatively with our suppliers who are essential to our business. Our efforts regarding people and communities fall under these areas.


Costco is committed to providing an environment that celebrates the differences of our workforce and creates career opportunities for all employees. Collectively, we are stronger because of our diversity, and individually we grow and thrive in an inclusive environment.

Employee Development

Providing all employees with training, education and opportunities for career development and advancement is a cornerstone of our business. Our philosophy is that each employee should have fair access and resources to succeed. We continue with our longstanding and ongoing efforts for managers to teach and mentor employees, and we encourage employees to actively pursue opportunities for development and advancement.


We strive to provide an inclusive shopping environment for our members. We also support our local communities through our charitable giving programs, employee volunteer sessions, food & non-food donations, and the essential health care services we provide in our warehouses at the lowest possible prices.

Supplier Diversity

We are committed to working with qualified minority- and women-owned suppliers to provide greater opportunities to do business with Costco. In turn, their products offer unique and exciting choices for our members.

Human Rights

As a global retailer with operations, logistics and merchandise supply chains around the world, we recognize the impact we can have on the human rights of those individuals directly and indirectly related to our business. Therefore, we have adopted policies and procedures to protect human rights.