May 15, 2019

Delta’s global impact earns ‘100 Best Corporate Citizen’ award among largest US companies

  • Delta landed at No. 90 among the 1,000 largest U.S. public companies.
  • ​The ranking is based on a “triple bottom line” of exceptional environmental, social and governance transparency and performance.
  • The recognition underscores Delta’s actions to connect the world while making it better through commitments to sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement.

The results are in: Delta Air Lines has been named to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking, recognized for outstanding environmental, social and governance transparency and performance amongst the 1,000 largest U.S. public companies.

“Part of better connecting the world involves better protecting it. The 80,000 members of the Delta family are having a global impact as we find new ways to preserve our world while better serving all those in it,” said Tim Mapes ­­– Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Delta Air Lines.

Delta was the only airline to make the top 10 percent of the list. Weeks ago for Earth Day, Delta offset carbon emissions of over 300,000 customers, buying almost 50,000 carbon offsets in one day. It’s one of the ways Delta puts its values in action, through core commitments to sustainability, diversity and inclusion and community engagement.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is based on 134 total corporate disclosure and performance factors in seven categories: climate change, employee relations, environment, finance, governance, human rights, and stakeholders and society. Every company in the Russell 1000 is ranked and research is conducted by Institutional Shareholder Services based on information from publicly available resources rather than questionnaires or company submissions.

Delta demonstrates its impact in numerous ways:

  • Giving back 1 percent of Delta’s annual income to charitable organizations, as well as, for the first time in 2019, paying all 80,000+ employees to spend a day of service giving to communities.
  • Training 61,000+ employees to detect and report signs of exploitation, as the leading airline in the fight against human trafficking since 2011.
  • Accelerating environmental sustainability efforts by replacing hundreds of aircraft over the next five years with more fuel efficient A321s, A220s and Boeing 737-900ERs.
  • Continuing its voluntary commitment to carbon-neutral growth by purchasing 12 million carbon offsets since 2012.
  • Achieving and maintaining employee gender pay equity at 100 percent.
  • Sharing $1.3 billion in profits with employees, more than any other U.S. company.
  • Donating a record number of 11,000+ blood pints to the American Red Cross for the 2018 fiscal year, making Delta the No. 1 corporate blood donor in the U.S.

Delta was also honored with the Vision For America Award by Keep America Beautiful in 2017, recognized with Captain Planet Foundation’s Superhero Corporate Award in 2018, named to the FTSE4Good Index for four consecutive years, included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for eight consecutive years, honored as a member of the The Civic 50, given an honorable mention in Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards and named one of America’s 100 most sustainable companies, according to an in-depth Barron’s study.

“U.S. corporate leadership matters more than ever to drive progress on environmental and social topics like climate change,” said Dave Armon, CEO of 3BL Media, which publishes CR Magazine. “Transparency and public commitments make corporate responsibility and sustainability programs stronger. We congratulate those honored on this year’s ranking for their commitment to the triple bottom line.”

Read the 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2019 rankings: www.triplepundit.com.