Seeking Diversity Within Our Suppliers
For more than 20 years, Delta has been committed to creating a world-class, inclusive supply chain that reflects the diversity of our global customer base. The foundation of our Supplier Diversity & Inclusion is partnerships with advocacy organizations.
We proudly build relationships with high-quality small businesses or enterprises owned by women, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities or individuals who are part of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
In 2022, Delta increased its diverse suppliers within our supply chain network by 24% to 1,400 suppliers. To further draw awareness to our diverse suppliers, we launched the Diverse Supplier Network, which drove an increased year-over-year growth in diverse supplier count to over 20% of Delta’s total count of suppliers with over $1 of spend in 2022.
We assess the diversity of our supply chain using Supplier.IO, a third-party supplier diversity platform, to maintain clear diversity credentials. As an additional value of onboarding Supplier.IO, we launched the Tier II program in October 2022, which measured the diverse spend with suppliers or subcontractors of our Tier I suppliers who directly supply a final product. This program reported an additional $89M of diverse spend in our supply chain by measuring Tier II suppliers.
Additionally, we created the Supplier Diversity Playbook to train on compliance standards and best practices for sourcing professionals in partnership with SCMLA Academy. To continue strategically sourcing from diverse suppliers to support business needs, we belong to six leading supplier diversity organizations that certify small and diverse-owned businesses nationally and around the world: National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, National Veteran Business Development Council, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Disability:IN and WEConnect International. In 2022, we attended 20+ national and local events and spurred new community activity. Delta became the official airline of the 2022 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s National Conference held in Atlanta, GA.
Our values are at the core of everything we do, including our global supply chain.
We aim to leverage our brand’s trust to drive good vendor practices, touching all aspects of our business.
In the fall of 2022, we collaborated with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council to assist over 125 women entrepreneurs with crafting and refining their strategic business plans. We actively participated in Disability:IN’s certification committee to help train and certify disabled and veteran disabled entrepreneurs.
We also partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration to help ensure that small business enterprises have an equitable opportunity to participate in our requests for proposals. We work with these partners to deliver value throughout our supply chain and enable us to create an exceptional experience for our customers.
Launched in August 2022, Delta customers departing Atlanta were treated to Southern-inspired meals designed by Chef Mashama Bailey, winner of the 2022 James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding American Chef” award and Executive Chef and co-founder of The Grey, an award-winning Southern restaurant in historic downtown Savannah, Ga. Chef Bailey and Johno Morisano both serve on our newly formed Delta Culinary Council, where they help guide our culinary strategy alongside a collective of chefs and industry experts. Additionally, Chef Bailey is featured on Delta Studio, the industry-leading seatback entertainment platform, as part of the airline’s partnership with MasterClass. In the 10-lesson class, she dives into the rich layers of cooking Southern food – its history, flavors, dishes and techniques – and shares her approach to preserving traditions while reinventing classic recipes.
We accept the responsibility of prioritizing the integrity of our supply chain, and our Supply Chain Management team aims to advance these objectives.

Goal: Double spending with Black-owned businesses by 2025 to $690M from a 2020 baseline of $345M.

Spent nearly $493M with Black-owned businesses in 2022
Delta established a partnership with Du Nord Social Spirits, the first U.S. Black-owned distillery, to bring its craft vodka onboard all domestic flights beginning October 2021. In 2022, Delta expanded our partnership with Du Nord and is building the capacity to expand to all global flights.