Delta Air Lines

Delta Express
Georgia
Transportation

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Delta allegedly kicked passengers off a flight for voicing support for Trump on their way home after the January 6th protest, though the company claims this was for the safety and security of its operations. Delta vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. Delta terminated an NRA discount program due to gun control policy and supports the Equality Act. The company is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and has spoken out in opposition of Georgia's election security bill and Trump administration-era immigration policy. For these reasons, Delta Air Lines receives a High Risk rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

Delta allegedly kicked passengers off a flight for voicing support for Trump following the January 6th protest. Delta claims all actions were taken for the “safety and security of [its] operations” (1). Delta received a score of 35 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruits employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (2)(3).

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

Delta does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. The company focuses on funding organizations that support, education, global health and wellness, and armed forces and veterans (1)(2). The company‘s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (3)(4).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

Delta Air Lines does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

Delta supports the Equality Act and in 2021 it’s CEO publicly praised Georgia’s voting integrity legislation, only to walk back his statement after receiving extensive criticism from advocacy groups. Bastian later released a statement saying that “the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values” (1)(2). The company’s CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (3). Bastian is a member of the Business Roundtable but has not supported ideological initiatives (4).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

Delta is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and terminated its discount program for NRA members due to gun control activism (1)(2).

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
Rationale

Delta has not used its PAC donations or lobbied for ideological purposes (1)(2)(3).

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January 18, 2024

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Voting History

Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
6/15/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenRequire Shareholder Approval of Termination PayAgainst59.60%
6/15/23SocialAs You SowAdopt ILO Trade Union Standards and ReportAgainst32.30%
6/16/22SocialJohn CheveddenReport on Lobbying Payments and PolicyAgainst27.53%

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