Supplier Diversity Process Overview

Who qualifies as a diverse supplier?

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For consideration under Delta’s Supplier Diversity program, companies must be owned, operated, and controlled by a member of one of the following groups:

  • Women
  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic American
  • Native American
  • Disabled Veterans
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender

Ownership by any of these groups means that the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals, or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. The management and daily operations must be controlled by those women or minority group members.

All candidates who wish to be considered as small, small disadvantaged, small veteran-owned, small HUB zone, minority, or women-owned suppliers to Delta must be certified by a valid council or government agency such as:

List of Products & Services

The following is a partial listing of products and services purchased by Delta’s Supply Chain Management Organization:


Aircraft & Aircraft Mtc.

GSE (Ground Support Equipment)



Aircraft & Engine Parts

Insurance (Corporate)


Airport Services

Mail & Postage

Technology - Hardware



Technology - Phones & Pagers


Meetings & Events

Technology - Software

Environmental Services

MRO (Mtc. Repair & Overhaul)



Paper & Printed Products


Facilities Maintenance

Passenger Expenses (IROPs)

Travel & Expenses


Professional Services



Safety & Security


What qualifications does Delta look for in its suppliers?

Companies that are certified as small, minority, and/or women-owned business enterprises have an opportunity to partner with Delta in delivering value through quality products and services to our company and our customers. Suppliers are chosen first on their ability to meet the needs of our business. All suppliers must meet the following criteria:

  • Understanding of Delta’s business
  • Total cost of ownership
  • “Value-added” capabilities
  • Good financial standing
  • References and a proven track record
  • Ability to grow and partner with Delta
  • Core competency in supplier’s line of business
  • Capacity

Second Tier Program

The second tier initiative augments our Supplier Diversity program and increases our ability to include MWBE’s in our supply chains by requiring Delta’s primary contractors to utilize and report their spending with diverse suppliers. By doing so, our Supplier Diversity efforts are greatly enhanced and meaningful business opportunities are extended even more so to MWBEs.

Facilitation and Support

Being a good corporate citizen is important to Delta. Each year our supplier diversity team works with numerous MWBE's locally and nationally, sponsoring and participating in various activities and events to expand business opportunities and relationships within the MWBE communities in which it serves.

Awards and Recognition

Each year, Delta honors our top small, minority and women-owned suppliers who bring value to our partnership by providing quality products and services.

Delta’s small, minority and women-owned award recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • performance
  • innovation
  • cost reduction/savings
  • outreach/community involvement

What's the Process?

Companies that are certified as small, minority and/or women-owned business enterprises have an opportunity to partner with us in delivering value through quality products and services to our company and our customers. If you are an IT staffing or solutions firm, or, if you are a non IT staffing firm, please visit and register your organization.  If you are neither, Please register at

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