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I need information about the Kroger, Meijer, and Costco.

I am working on an ethical analysis for Kroger, Meijer ,and Costco. I need to compare how the three companies handle and resolve ethical issues concerning shareholder concerns. I am also looking to find how each of these companies resolve ethical problems and their ethical procedures.
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2012  |  381 Views
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You may find locating information on a topic like this to be difficult, depending on how you are defining ‘ethical issues’.  For instance, you may mean how the company treats its employees, how it works with its suppliers, or how it handles its customers.  However, we do have a lot of great sources for corporate information that may be able to help you.  All are listed on our business LibGuide located here.


I would recommend looking at the Hoover’s Company Records database.  Fortunately, all three of these companies are publicly traded, which means they are required to disclose more information about themselves than privately owned companies.  The financial information listed here won’t be as useful to you, but the ‘History’ tab will give you an overview of the major challenges the corporation has weathered, and the ‘People’ tab will show you top administrators, as well as their salaries and bonuses.


Other ProQuest databases, such as ABI/Inform, will have more news stories, which will have information on past moral dilemmas that these companies have encountered, and how they handled them.  Some examples might include how the company buys and develops land, or whether they discriminate against employees’ religious beliefs.  Try a search like:


costco AND (moral* OR ethic*)


And replace ‘costco’ with ‘meijer’ or ‘kroger’ as appropriate.  If there is a specific type of ethics you are interested in, replace ‘moral* OR ethic*’ with the specific issue you’re interested in, such as:


costco AND disabil*


(In all of these sample searches, the * is a wildcard that searches for variants of a word; so ‘ethic*’ will return ethic, ethics, ethical, etc.)


Another database worth checking is Business Source Premier.  There will be news articles here as well, but more important may be SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analyses of these companies.  A SWOT Analysis will show you what the company thinks is important to their operation and future.  For instance, do they view paying employee healthcare costs or pensions as a threat?  If so, what do they plan to do about it?  How do they deal with product recalls?  Do they have an interest in offering health foods, or take a stake in the obesity crisis?  Depending what you mean by ‘ethics’, there is interesting information here.  Look closely at the ‘weaknesses’ and ‘threats’ sections.


Try a search like one of these:


costco AND swot

kroger AND swot

meijer AND swot


And pick the most recent option.


You can also use Business Source Premier to search news articles that may speak to their ethical concerns, like we did with ABI/Inform.  Try a search like:


costco AND (moral* OR ethic*)


to see what all is available.  Again, you can change the keywords to suit your specific topic.  Some ethics topics might include how the companies deal with or put pressure on suppliers, how they deal with employee complaints, or whether they attempt to use money to influence politicians and elections.


It is possible that you might also want to look at each company’s mission and values statements.  While these will be ideals rather than everyday practice, it may give you insight into their ethical frameworks.  Try their company websites for information like this: Costco, Kroger, and Meijer.  However, expect these sources to be extremely biased in the company’s favor.


Good luck, and let me know if I can be of any help to you in navigating any of these resources.




Matt Dilworth

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