Costco: Stop Funding Environmental Destruction

Dear Costco CEO Craig Jelinek,

Stop funding environmental destruction. As one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains, Costco has a major influence over the food we have access to and how it was produced. Customers trust Costco to deliver high quality food from responsible suppliers. Although Costco claims to care about customer sustainability concerns, your supply chain tells a different story.

Costco meat comes from some of the most environmentally destructive suppliers in the entire food industry—Cargill, JBS, and Tyson Foods. Cargill and JBS played lead roles in driving the devastating fires in the Amazon last summer, and all three are responsible for widespread water pollution, soil erosion, and runaway climate emissions.

Every contract Costco signs with these destructive companies condemns future generations to a world of climate chaos and broken ecosystems. But you have the power to change that through more responsible business practices.

Our planet can't wait any longer. I urge Costco to immediately drop all contracts with meat suppliers that are destroying rainforests and polluting our waters, and instead use Costco’s economic power to shift our food system toward regenerative farming practices that protect our forests, climate, water, and health.