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 130 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 by encouraging everyone to bring their "authentic" self to work every day as well as provide opportunities for their professional growth and development.

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 sponsor of their Diversity & Talent Development Fund beginning in 2014. This sponsorship enables us to directly support the Charlotte Chamber's work in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Charlotte business community, and develop diverse talent as a competitive advantage for the Charlotte economy. The Diversity & Talent Development Fund 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 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 shares 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. CCYP 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, after-hour 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.

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 thanks to our BRGs. Each BRG has an executive sponsor (SVP level leader or higher) and leadership board with annual business goals tied to building a culture of inclusion. Membership is open to all full-time, corporate associates. The BRGs provide several opportunities to: expand our customer base through participation in cultural community events such as the Charlotte Pride Parade and the Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival; create impactful and meaningful relationships with fellow associates; further professional and personal growth; better the lives of those living in the communities in which we serve through volunteerism.

Business Resource Groups

Sustaining a culture of inclusion.

Our seven BRGs, Belk Associate Inclusive Latino Alliance (BAILA), Belk Asian Society for Achievement and Innovation (BASIA), Belk Military Veterans Group (BMVG), Black Employee Resource Group (BERG), Promoting respect, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (PRIDE), 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
  • Volunteerism: Better the lives of those living in the communities in which we serve through volunteer activities for organizations suchas Habitat for humanity.

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 thoughout the community by providing networking and mentoring opportunities.

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

Belk Asian Business Resource Group

Mission: The Mission of Belk Asian Business Resource Group is to foster personal and professional development through networking, mentoring and leadership opportunities with a focus on recruitment, retention, cultural awareness, advancement, and community service, while providing a familial support to its members.

Berg

Mission: To assist Belk in achieving its goals to become more inclusive and to increase its 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

Logo BMVG

Mission: the mission of the Belk Military and Veterans Group is to support the military and veteran population at Belk and foster an environment that promotes recruitment, retention and a commitment to the military community at large.

Logo PRIDE

Mission: To support the LGBTA community and foster an environment at Belk that encourages everyone to be their most authentic self.

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

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.

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 experience for everyone.

We believe 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.