Delta To End Extreme Poverty By 2030

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The Delta Air Lines Foundation has made a generous multi-million dollar commitment to international advocacy organization Global Citizen‘s Global Goal Live, a year-long campaign to mobilize resources to end extreme poverty, address climate change and reduce inequality by 2030 as outlined by the 2015 United Nations Global Goals.

“Our commitment to the Global Citizen movement is born out of our determination to make the world better and more connected,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to be part of this remarkable effort to end extreme poverty and improve the world around us.”

Bastian will co-chair Global Citizen’s private sector CEO Coalition, which also includes CEOs Chuck Robbins of Cisco, Hans Vestberg of Verizon, Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson and Chief Marketing Officer Marc Prichard of P&G.

In addition to The Delta Air Lines Foundation’s contribution, Delta announced its partnership today at a press conference in New York City with representation from the worlds of entertainment, private sector, policy and philanthropy. Leaders from each sector promised increased efforts to mobilize the next generation of concerned global citizens and demand the attention of and secure commitments from world leaders, policymakers, NGOs and socially conscious corporations.

Delta’s partnership with Global Citizen illustrates the company’s commitment to connecting the world while making it better through environmental stewardship, diversity and inclusion, and community development. Delta and Global Citizen will join forces to activate the leading voices on the world’s most significant social and economic challenges while climbing toward a more sustainable future.

Global Goal Live is campaigning to bridge the $350 billion funding gap in the 59 poorest countries in time to reach the Global Goals through three focus areas: sustainability, gender equality and human capital. Delta has contributed significantly in these areas through its own work.