Costco aspires to contribute to the betterment of the communities where our employees and members live and work.
Our business is successful not only when we provide quality merchandise at a good value for our members, but also when we make a positive contribution to the health of the communities where we do business and where our employees and members live and work.
Costco’s commitment is to be active in our local communities by supporting selected charitable organizations that focus on children, education and health/human services. We budget 1 percent of pretax profits for charitable donations and in 2015 contributed over $31 million to various organizations worldwide including the United Way, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the American Red Cross and International Red Cross, the Backpack Program, Costco Volunteer Reading Tutor Program, international disaster relief and care packages for our employees serving with the military forces. For more information, please visit Charitable Contributions.
Costco provides low-cost, quality eye care through independent optometrists and our Optical Centers; hearing aid services and supplies in our Hearing Aid Centers; and prescriptions and other health-related products in our pharmacies. Costco also supports health through flu shots, health screening and other programs. Costco, as a member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), is participating in a study with Washington State University to evaluate the effectiveness of improving access to quality care for nearly two dozen minor ailments, such as allergies, nausea and common infections, through community pharmacy-based services. Scalable innovations are being sought that may help Costco improve the lives of our patients.