Delta is one of America’s 100 most sustainable companies – No. 27, to be precise – and the No. 1 U.S. airline, according to an in-depth Barron’s study that rated 1,000 companies in five key categories: shareholders, employees, customers, environment and community.
Barron’s, an influential business publication that covers finance and markets, relied on Calvert Research and Management to devise the study’s methodology and create the final list after rating the largest publicly held companies in the United States. Read the methodology.
“The fact that you emerged as one of the top companies on that list is an indication that your organization is one of the leaders in incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance factors into all the work you do,” the president of Calvert’s parent company wrote in an email to Delta CEO Ed Bastian this week.
Calvert CEO John Streur said financial markets are recognizing that sustainable practices are good business and, increasingly, corporate responsibility is a stakeholder expectation.
“Companies can be differentiated based on how well they manage their environmental and social impact, and the strength of their governance,” Streur said in a Barron’s article. “The list shows who’s creating a better company, long term, for long-term investors.”
“Our core mission at Delta is to bring people together and connect the world, and it is an honor to be recognized by Barron’s for our efforts,” said Bastian. “Our commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen is driven by our people, who work every day to help make the world a better place. We will continue to challenge ourselves to better serve the world in every way we can.”
Some highlights of Delta’s social responsibility and sustainability efforts:
Read more in Delta’s most recent Corporate Responsibility Report.