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June 19, 2014

United States

Washington State—Costco Will Continue to Work with Thai Shrimp Suppliers


Headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, United States, Costco Wholesale Corporation, a membership warehouse club that carries a wide range of food and merchandise, is the second largest retailer in the United States and the seventh largest retailer in the world.  It has 451 stores in the United States, 25 in the United Kingdom, 5 in Australia, 87 in Canada, 33 in Mexico, 9 in Taiwan, 9 in South Korea, 15 in Japan and 1 Spain.


Costco’s stance on whether to continue working with its suppliers in Thailand remains unchanged since news of slave labor on boats supplying Charoen Pokphand Foods’ feed division broke last week.  The approach comes in stark contrast to that of French supermarket group Carrefour, which announced plans to suspend CP Foods from its supply.


Costco said it aims instead to drive change among its suppliers by staying involved.  “We are committed to working with our suppliers of Thai shrimp, to require them to take corrective action and to police their feedstock sources with respect to poor labor practices.  ...This commitment...has involved visits by our buying staff to Thailand and discussions with the Thai government, our suppliers and other industry participants.”


Source: Undercurrent News.  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Costco Stays the Course on Plans to Work With Thai Shrimp Suppliers.  Jeanine Stewart (  June 17, 2014.

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