Delta named “Best Diversity Employer 2022” by Forbes

Delta is on the list of the top 100 companies in the 2022 Forbes List of Best Diversity Employers. Forbes compiles the list based on research from Statista, an independent market research company. The evaluation was based on criteria such as direct referrals from employees, indirect referrals from non-employee survey participants, and diversity among senior executives. Delta’s diversity strategy is holistic and focuses on age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and general diversity regarding their employer.

This is the fifth year that the list has been published. Statista conducted an independent survey of a representative sample of 60,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in the United States. At Delta, we are committed to actively pursuing diversity, boldly pursuing equity, and consciously promoting inclusion for all. Our employees have the opportunity to join 10 corporate resource groups that connect them with their self-identified communities with over 25,000 members.

“We know that our work in the area of ​​diversity, equity and inclusion must be intentional and aim to bring about systemic change.” said Keyra Lynn Johnson, vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Delta. “As we strive to connect, reflect and respect the communities we serve, we have also placed greater emphasis on growing our diverse talent pool and delivering more equity-focused results. This recognition from our employees and the public acknowledges that we are making progress and headed in the right direction – but we know there is still a lot of work to do.”

As Delta makes equity a key focus of its business, the airline has begun to apply a “skills first” mindset that focuses on relevant capabilities, skills and experiences, providing frontline employees the opportunity to transition into corporate career positions while providing targeted development and mentorship. who help them grow and mature in their new roles. This exploration of non-traditional career paths marks another important step in the company’s efforts to ensure leadership at all levels reflects Delta’s diverse workforce.


New skills-based career development programs remove barriers to four-year degree careers and support economic equity through access to better-paying jobs across the company.

Delta’s commitment to equity is also supported by a variety of other efforts, including an expanded partnership with Operation Hope to support the One Million Black Business and Entrepreneur initiative and continued support as a founding member of OneTen.

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With the commitments outlined in Delta CEO Ed Bastian’s August 2020 memo to advance racial justice and diversity within our company, Delta will continue to share updates and progress on our goal of becoming a fair and anti-racist organization.

Delta has redesigned its recruiting strategy to better reflect the communities in which we work and live, which includes strengthening partnerships with historically black universities. Recently, Delta partnered with Hampton University through the Propel Collegiate Pilot Career Path program to build on the important legacy that people of color have contributed to aviation.

Two airmen stand outside Hampton University.


As the airline strives to better reflect the diversity of the world it serves, this partnership helps expand diversity and builds on the important legacy that people of color have contributed to aviation.

At Delta, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as part of our work to connect and reflect the world. Our commitment to inclusion has been recognized in our recent awards. Delta was named the #1 Transportation Company – by The JUST 100: Companies Doing Right by America and #1 Highest Rated Company for Career Opportunities for Black Employees by Glassdoor. For a complete list of Delta rewards, visit Delta.com/DEI.