Belk

Our Collective Differences are our Greatest Strength

We are committed to continuously evolving our culture and business strategies to remain relevant in today's fashion marketplace. Diversity and inclusion are part of everything we do, from our marketing, sales planning, product and store assortments to associate programs and initiatives, vendor relationships, and community partnership efforts.

Workforce Inclusion

Diverse ideas. Diverse backgrounds.

We know that our success depends upon human connections and our ability to attract, hire, and retain talented associates is paramount. At the core of who we are, it is our associates who fuel our creativity, drive our success, and maintain our focus on the values that have kept Belk strong for more than 120 years.

We are intentional in ensuring that all of our associates know that we respect, value, and embrace individual differences in culture, ethnicity, and gender and are committed to providing a workplace that is free from all forms of discrimination. We strive to maximize the unique backgrounds, experience, and perspectives of our associates and encourage everyone's comfortability in bringing their "authentic" self to work everyday through our:

Our ongoing efforts include:

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership: As a partner of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Belk Diversity & Inclusion program office was proud to become a Platinum Plus Sponsor of their Diversity & Talent Development Fund in 2014, working to directly support the Charlotte Chamber’s work in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Charlotte business community and developing diverse talent as a competitive advantage for the Charlotte economy. The Diversity & Talent Development Fund’s supports three distinct programs:

  • Power of Women (POW) - a program series and network platform designed to inspire and empower professional women from entry-level employees to executives and entrepreneurs. In addition, POW seeks to promote connectivity among women in the Charlotte region. POW Perspectives in Leadership Series features exemplary, professional women in the charlotte region who will share their perspective on life, work and professional success in an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style format. The POW Signature Event features a nationally recognized woman who will share her perspective on life, work and professional success.
  • Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals (CCYP) work to develop informational programs, networking events, and civic engagement opportunities for chamber members and non-chamber members who are 21-39 years of age. The Young Professionals is led by a Board of Directors consisting of chamber members who are committed to cultivating a young and diverse workforce as a competitive advantage for growing Charlotte’s economy. The group hosts luncheons and after hours mixers and an annual Young Professional Awards event (“The YPs”). They are recognized as a leading voice for Charlotte’s young professionals and partner with related groups to further support and retain young talent in our business community.
  • Emerging Business Leaders (EBL) is a talent development program designed to enhance the leadership competencies of high-potential, diverse professionals. The program facilitates relationship-building across companies and industries, and provides opportunities to increase engagement of participants. Participation in EBL is a special benefit for chamber members, who sponsor their Diversity & Talent Development Fund - Click Here to learn more about the EBL talent development program.
  • These programs are key components of our talent development efforts and Belk works to support all three programs through our Business Resource Groups. Watch this video to learn more about Belk’s culture of Diversity & Inclusion and partnership with the Chamber in this work for the greater Charlotte business community.

Business Resource Groups (BRGs): We are positioned to better understand, relate and capture opportunities with the growing diversity in our customer base through organized efforts to engage, grow, and inspire leadership from the various affinity groups within our associate population. Each BRG has an executive sponsor and leadership board with annual business goals tied to building a culture of inclusion. Membership is open to all associates and work to support the growth of our BRGs based on associate engagement and continual business focus to provide networking, mentoring and leadership development opportunities as well as strengthen our culture of diversity & inclusion for all associates.

Tim Belk Talks about Diversity with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Keva Walton from the Chamber of Commerce and Tim Belk speak about inclusion and how the company plans to make a difference with its Annual Belk Innovation in Diversity Award

PLAY DIVERSITY VIDEO
Business Resource Groups

Sustaining a culture of inclusion.

Our four business resource groups (BRGs), Belk Associate Inclusive Latino Alliance (BAILA), Black Employee Resource Group (BERG), Women's Leadership Network (WLN), and Young Professionals (YoPros), demonstrate our commitment to sustaining our culture of inclusion by providing opportunities to engage, grow, and inspire leadership. Our BRGs provide the following opportunities to associates:

  • Executive Leadership Engagement: Partner with senior leaders to create an inclusive work environment
  • Professional Development & Networking: Career development opportunities and avenue to grow your network
  • Drive Business Value: Provide insight and advice to sales, marketing, product/service development and company policies/practices
  • Belk Ambassador: Build relationships and identify business opportunities at corporate, community and recruiting events

We are proud that over half of our managers are women, and have increased our efforts related to issues and causes affecting women.

Women's Leadership Network

Mission: Advance Belk's ability to attract, develop and retain women at all levels by providing opportunities to learn and grow, to meet customer needs by leveraging the expertise and thought leadership of women and to make a positive impact in the community.

Berg

Mission: To assist Belk in achieving its goals to become more inclusive and to increase it's competitive edge by:

  • Providing opportunities for professional skill development and enhancing leadership abilities
  • Expanding relationships within Belk through networking and mentoring opportunities
  • Providing a collective voice that will help Belk to better understand and service the black consumer
  • Increasing Belk's visibility through partnerships that benefit the black community in markets we serve

BAILA (Belk Associate Inclusive Latino Alliance)

Mission: To strengthen the culture of diversity and inclusion at Belk by providing a collective voice from a Latino perspective; to better understand and service the Latino associate and consumer within all the markets we serve; to expand relationships within Belk and throughout the community by providing networking and mentoring opportunities.

YoPros (Young Professionals)

Mission: To create a network of young professionals that not only provides opportunities for professional growth, but also fosters information sharing and relationship building.

Mentorship

Relationships that help us grow.

We believe that the best way to teach, and the only way to build relationships, is to listen to each other. Our mentorship program has long served as a vital professional development tool, pairing associates of varying experience and knowledge levels together in a 12-month structured program. We’re helping our associates work together, learn together, and grow together.

“The diversity of our associates and our management should mirror the communities we serve.”
Tim Belk, CEO

Customer Diversity

Meeting the changing needs of our customers.

As our customers grow increasingly diverse, we are devoted to making our stores and merchandise ready to meet their changing tastes and demands. Above all else, we value our customers and are committed to providing the perfect Belk shopping experiencefor everyone.

We belive in:

Being reliable.

Listening to our customers and responding quickly and completely to their changing shopping needs.

Being current.

Updating our merchandise to reflect the lifestyles and tastes of our customers

Being consistent.

Ensuring a convenient and enjoyable shopping experience for every customer and providing prompt, friendly attention and professional service every time.

Supplier Diversity

Strengthening our supply chain through diversity.

By having a diverse supply chain we enhance our ability to meet customers' needs, earn their loyalty and achieve our business goals. We actively seek opportunities to do business with certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises in order to encourage economic empowerment. This helps in building community infrastructure through localized employment, small business development, and support of community organizations.

The Belk Supplier Diversity Program is focused on non-resale products and services (such as general services, software, operating supplies and equipment). In order to qualify as a minority- or women-owned business enterprise the entity must be recognized as a for profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, and at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by either a female or a member of a US government recognized ethnic group.

Belk accepts certifications from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Business Council (WBENC), the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and the National Women's Business Owner's Corporation (NWBOC). If you are a minority- or women-owned enterprise based in the U.S. but you are not certified by one of the councils noted above, please reference their websites for certification information.

Our Community

“Belk is committed to doing business with certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises. This strengthens our supplier base and enables us to benefit from the innovative products, ideas and business practices offered by these businesses.”
Tim Belk, CEO

If you are part of a company with quality products and services that may be of value to Belk, please submit and email, along with your current WBENC, NMSDC, or NWBOC certificate, to supplierdiversity@belk.com