Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Lifting As We Climb


We actively seek diversity, boldly pursue equity, and consciously promote inclusion to create a sense of belonging for all people.
 

 

"Thoughtful action combined with a focus on championing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and within our personal lives will play a healing role to help us keep climbing. The Delta family will use whatever means we have to move the world toward a better, more just tomorrow."

- Ed Bastian, Chief Executive Officer

Faces of Travel


Faces of Travel is our commitment to increase representation and visibility within travel culture. We understand how important it is to represent everyone. Because we believe that a more welcoming world, where everyone feels seen, included and respected is a world worth welcoming.

 

 

About the Partnership

We created a meaningful collection of visual assets, opens in a new window that showcases a diverse range of travelers in various destinations that breaks away from stereotypes. In partnership with Adobe Stock, this collection will be shared with their 3 million users – for free.

Behind the Scenes

Watch, opens in a new window photographer Seo Ju Park’s approach to capturing images that authentically represent the diversity of travelers from around the world and hear her thoughts about why representation in travel culture matters so much.

Connecting, Reflecting and Respecting the World


Skills-First Approach to Talent


Within our society, a premium was historically placed on education when education was not provided equally for all. In order to create a more equitable workforce, we are applying a “skills-first” mindset to hiring and development. We do this by giving equal consideration to a candidate’s skills, background and experience as we would give to education and academic pedigree.

Business Resource Groups

With nearly 30,000 members, Delta's ten Business Resource Groups provide opportunities for networking, development and career growth.

Our Business Resource Groups serve as consultants to the business on meaningful topics and diversity related strategies, programs and topics.

If you're a Veteran, opens in a new window, use our Military Skills Translator, opens in a new window to find jobs at Delta that match your skill set.

  • ABLE - Disability BRG
  • ADELANTE - Latin America and Hispanic BRG
  • BOLD - Black Community BRG
  • EQUAL - LGBTQ+ BRG
  • FUSION - Asian Pacific BRG
  • GENGAGE - Multigenerational Workforce BRG
  • GREEN UP - Sustainability BRG
  • SHE - Women's BRG
  • VETERANS - Veteran's and Armed Forces BRG
  • WORKING FAMILIES - Working Parents and/or Caregivers BRG

A Deeper Look at Delta's People


Transparency is key to driving change. We measure our progress as we work to build a more diverse workplace and world. We hold ourselves accountable and regularly report on our results.
Generation

Baby Boomer - DOB 1946-1963: 18%

Gen X - DOB 1964-1980: 41%

Gen Y - DOB 1981-1996: 36%

Generation Z - DOB > 1997: 4%

 Updated end of year 2021

Veterans

Delta has a long-standing commitment to hiring veterans and reservists and approximately 11.4% of our workforce is made up of veterans.

Updated end of year 2021

Gender

Men 59%

Women 41%

Updated end of year 2021

Race & Ethnicity

Black 25%

Hispanic 11%

Asian 7%

Other 2%

Two or More Races 2%

White 53%

Updated end of year 2021

Closing the Gap


We are committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the broadest sense. Still, there are three areas where our representation gaps are unquestionably the largest: women, Black talent and other underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as a whole. This is where there are the most significant gaps between frontline representatives and that of their leaders. Read about how we're working to change that

At the end of 2021, our workforce demographics were as follows:

 

 

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Scale Employees*: Women: 41.3%; Black: 25.7%; Other Underrepresented Racial & Ethnic Groups: 22%

Other Merit / Manager: Women: 41.9%; Black: 21.5%; Other Underrepresented Racial & Ethnic Groups: 22.7%

General Manager, Director, Managing Director: Women: 33.6%; Black: 8.7%; Other Underrepresented Racial & Ethnic Groups: 17.9%

Vice President & Above: Women: 29.3%; Black: 6.1%; Other Underrepresented Racial & Ethnic Groups: 15.2%

*Scale employees are paid an hourly wage and include pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, customer service and reservation agents, ramp agents and more.

Join the Conversation


We often say you can’t solve what you don’t understand, so we have placed an emphasis on building understanding within our workforce and our world.

Watch recaps of Delta's town halls or "Let's Talk About It" sessions—candid conversations around issues of diversity, equity or inclusion, meant to foster dialogue and drive change. Many of these talks are also made available on platforms like our In-Flight Entertainment seatback screens to invite our customers into our family-style conversations. 

Gaining Altitude

Gaining Altitude is a live video series that tackles conversations worth navigating. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian hosts insightful guests to discuss topics that matter to our world, from leadership to sustainability to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Recognized for Our Progress


Our work to become the world's most inclusive airline.
Indeed Top Rated Workplace for Veterans 2019 Indeed Top Rated Workplace for Veterans 2019
Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities – Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities – Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion
Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 2020
Forbes The Best Employers for Diversity 2020 Forbes The Best Employers for Diversity 2020
Fortune World's Most Admired Companies 2021 Fortune World's Most Admired Companies 2021
Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2021 Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2021
  • Forbes - Best Employers for Diversity
  • Forbes- Best Employers for Women 2022
  • Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities – Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion
  • Glassdoor – Best Places to Work
  • Glassdoor – No. 1 Highest-Rated Company for Career Opportunities for Black Employees
  • Great Place to Work® and Fortune – Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For
  • Great Place to Work® and Fortune – Best Workplaces for Diversity
  • Great Place to Work® and Fortune – Best Workplaces for Women
  • Great Place to Work® – Best Workplaces for Millennials
  • Nomi Network – Corporate Social Responsibility Award
  • Indeed – Top-Rated Workplaces for Veterans
  • Corporate Responsibility Magazine – 100 Best Corporate Citizens
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation – Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council – Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Americanism Award
  • Glassdoor – Employees' Choice Award

Note: Delta has been publishing annual Corporate Responsibility Reports (CRRs) from 2009 to 2019, and published its inaugural ESG report in 2020. To request a CRR prior to 2018, please contact sustainability@delta.com.

*The EEO-1 Report categorizes employment data about our U.S.-based workforce by gender, race/ethnicity and certain job categories. The job categories listed the EEO-1 Report are prescribed by the federal government based on the U.S. Department of Labor Job Classification Guide and do not represent how our workforce is organized or how we measure our progress.