For the eighth consecutive year, Delta has earned a spot in the transportation section of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.
This year's ranking comes on the heels of Delta publishing its latest Corporate Responsibility Report, which outlines the environmental, social and governance steps that Delta is voluntarily taking to be a more responsible corporation, to lessen its impact on the environment and position it as an industry leader.
More than 600 best-in-class North American companies were invited to participate in the index evaluation that includes a review of each company's corporate governance, social efforts and environmental strategy.
"Sustainability at Delta means that we're meeting business goals of growth and profitability over time through innovative business practices that actually minimize the environmental impacts of our operations," said Christine Boucher, Managing Director – Global Environment, Sustainability & Compliance. "Being recognized by the DJSI for that industry-leading work further supports this approach."
Manjit Jus, Head of ESG Ratings at RobecoSAM, which conducted the study, added, "I congratulate Delta for being included in the DJSI North America. Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices and we are pleased to see that the number of companies that commit to achieving measurable positive impacts continues to rise."
Delta was the first U.S. airline to offer carbon offsets to customers and is the only airline to cap greenhouse gas emissions at 2012 levels by purchasing carbon offsets – more than 2.5 million in 2017 alone, and more than $11 million-worth since it started the voluntary effort.
While the global airline has partnered for years on international projects to offset its carbon footprint, in 2018 it added local partnerships with Duke University and the Seattle Seahawks to make local impacts. These innovative partnerships support its efforts to continue the carbon-neutral growth, and builds on its industry-leading program that encourages customers to use the carbon calculator at delta.com/co2 to estimate their carbon emissions associated with trips and invest in carbon offset projects of their choice. Delta was also the first US airline to recycle aluminum, plastic bottles and cups, newspapers and magazines from aircraft and has recycled more than 3 million pounds of aluminum from on-board waste – equivalent to 22 Boeing 747s – over 10 years. The funds from that program have been used to construct 11 of the 261 homes Delta has built with Habitat for Humanity globally.
In 2018, Delta launched an employee-led business resource group called Green Up to focus on new ways Delta can make a difference in the environmental sustainability space, including how we can continue to find solutions to reduce waste on our corporate campuses. These efforts and more are why Delta was selected as Keep America Beautiful's Vision for America Award recipient.