I saw a meme that said “Remember last year when every corporation in America had to pretend they cared about Black people & police brutality for a few weeks? LOL.”
But for real. Last week, I was engaging in one of my favorite pastimes: shopping at Costco. As I wandered up and down each aisle (and through the center, if we’re being honest), I thought “Which Black-owned brands are offered in Costco?” I wanted to do a fun post about #BuyingBlack in Costco, so . . .
I searched. . . And searched . . .
What I found:
- Costco’s statement on supplier diversity:
“Costco Wholesale is committed to working with qualified minority and women-owned suppliers in the communities where we do business. This is consistent with our overall commitment as a company to foster an inclusive environment, free from inequity and unlawful discrimination.”
- Costco’s $25 million commitment to the Black Economic Development Fund, a community economic development fund that will steer deposits to Black-owned banks and “offer financing to minority businesses, charter schools, affordable housing projects, and athletic facilities, to support economic development in communities of color.”
What I did not find:
- Black-owned brands in Costco.
Maaaybe there are a few but I could only find one: Naturade, a plant-based weight loss high protein shake.
It’s a tad surprising, especially because Target, on the other hand, has been so vocal about its commitment to supporting Black-owned suppliers. Shelf labels help Target shoppers identify Black-owned brands in the store, and a “Black-owned” filter makes it easy to sort through products in Target’s mobile app.
In the spirit of buying Black, I opted in to the #MakeTheSwitch challenge to support Black-owned brands for household goods that I typically get at Costco:
- Sawaa’s Trash Bags (https://sawaas.co)
- Coral Oral Toothbrushes (https://coraloral.com)
- Natural Hiyy Dish Soap (https://naturalhiyy.com)
- True Laundry Detergent (https://www.thetrueproducts.com)
- Ujamaa Lightbulbs (https://www.ujamaalighting.com)
Let me know what you think!