Commitment to our People
We Invest in People.
Belden is committed to building a workforce centered on our values and promoting the well-being of people across our entire value chain—employees, customers, partners and suppliers.
Employee Engagement—Our Success Depends on Our People
We believe that engaged employees with the right tools, working in an open and inclusive environment can deliver exceptional business value. Our culture and benefits are designed to meet the professional and personal needs of our employees and their families and are adapted to the various countries in which we operate. To this end, we provide competitive working arrangements and benefits that include:
- Up to 5 days paid leave per year to work on programs in local communities
- Flexible working arrangements, including remote working when in a role where this is feasible
- Competitive benefits programs tailored to local market needs, including retirement programs and wellness plans
- Annual & long-term incentive plans
- Employee stock ownership & purchase plans
Talent Management, Professional Development & Succession Planning
We believe in the potential of our workforce and the importance of providing career development for those who want to learn and grow with us. Belden is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and we celebrate diversity and embrace differences to broaden our perspectives and strengthen the work we do.
Our Talent System
At Belden, we fundamentally believe that highly engaged team members provided with the right tools, working environment and supportive leadership can deliver fantastic results. We want Belden to be a place people choose to work because they can really make a difference. Our Talent System helps ensure we provide ample opportunity for challenging developmental work, formal and informal skills development and recognition for achievements. It also ensures that our teams stay focused on the things that will progress our strategy and deliver results for our customers and other stakeholders well into the future.
Key components of our Talent System include,
- The performance of our associates is based on what was delivered and how it was delivered. Living our values every day is as important as delivering the results.
- Hiring, development and succession plans are built around the company's strategic plan and reviewed annually. We utilize global functional teams from across our business units to agree on specific actions that build the capabilities we need now and into the future.
- We hold Employee Pulse surveys twice a year with a representative cut of 50% of the organization. Associated feedback & our overall results have improved year over year for 6 years and our engagement scores are in line with the very best companies across all industries. This doesn’t mean that everything is perfect all the time... but it’s a great foundation for our teams to be the very best they can be, every day.
Early Career Leadership Program
The Belden Early Career Leadership Program allows recent college graduates to participate in three 12-month rotations to develop business acumen and participate in an action-based learning curriculum.
Pathways to Employment
Launched in February 2018, Belden’s Pathways to Employment program seeks to address the impacts of the opioid epidemic on individuals seeking employment. With increasing frequency, employment opportunities go unfilled because applicants fail the drug tests requirements.
In partnership with health services and professional development groups in Richmond, Indiana, Belden applicants who fail pre-employment drug testing are offered an opportunity to enroll in a personalized drug rehabilitation program. Upon successful completion, candidates are offered a job at Belden, along with resources and support to maintain a substance-free lifestyle. This program combines our commitment to the safety of our employees and quality of our products as we work towards a solution that address health, safety, wellness, and economic opportunity for all.
Consistently recognized as a 'Great Place to Work'
- Great Place to Work Certified India 2020
- India’s Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work 2020
- Great Place to Work Brasil 2020
- Great Place To Work by Great Place to Work® Deutschland 2020
Diversity & Inclusion
Our focus is to foster a culture of teamwork that upholds diversity and inclusion, and we are dedicated to creating an environment of equity for the people that we employ.
In 2020, we appointed a new, internal Director of Inclusive Culture to lead this important work, Elle Marc-Charles. Elle is focused on creating company-wide diversity and inclusion plans including a full workplace assessment, comprehensive workplace policy reviews and employee training. We are working diligently to create a more just and equitable workplace and to communicating our progress at Belden over time.
2020 D&I Statistics
Occupational Health & Safety
Belden is committed to providing all employees a safe and healthy workplace and maintaining strong stewardship with all applicable safety and health regulations and policies.
A People-Centered Safety Culture
Health and safety is fundamental to our culture and is at the forefront of everything we do. Our corporate EHS Policy sets the highest standards in an effort to safeguard human health in all of our operations.
Through our EHSMS, we continuously track health and safety KPI’s, including incident rates which are well below industry average. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we strive toward a zero-incident rate workplace for our employees.
In our ongoing commitment to building long-term value, we support the communities where we live and work.
Connect with Community Program
In 2020, we launched the Connect with Community to support communities in impacting the lives of disadvantaged groups. Program highlights include:
- Up to 5 days paid leave for employee volunteerism
- Increased company gift matching program amount to 2x the employee contribution—with no contribution ceiling
- Expanded corporate donations to organizations offering STEM programs for youth in diverse groups
Penny Poorman, Channel Account Manager at Belden has given her time volunteering at the Tyrone Area Food Bank, unpacking bags and boxes of donations and sorting. The Tyrone Food Bank is supported through some funding from the state of Pennsylvania, but more so by the community including, church donations, local business support and private donations. Approximately 325 families rely on this Food Back each month. In addition to food distribution, the Food Bank also supports a local backpack program. Items identified as kid-friendly or single-serve are packed and distributed to two local schools for kids in need to take home in their backpack for the week. Over 120 students are served this way each week. More than 1,400 volunteer hours were recorded in 2020 to keep the food bank operating.
According to Penny, “Our Connect with Community program really encouraged me to look for ways to reach out. My aunt manages the Food Bank and I've always wanted to volunteer there because I'd never worked with the organization before. It was something positive to experience in such a negative year.”
We expect our suppliers and business partners to uphold our values and our commitment to ethics, health and safety, and human rights in accordance with our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct.
Conflict Minerals Policy
Belden is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our stakeholders and as such, performed an analysis of our product components and the role our suppliers play throughout our manufacturing and product delivery chain. We've adopted the standard Conflict Minerals Report established by the Responsible Materials Initiative (“RMI”) and launched our initial conflict minerals due diligence communication survey to these suppliers in 2013. We continue to perform annual due diligence analyses with our 3TG suppliers to ensure the continued integrity of our 3TG supply chain.
Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy
Belden is committed to ethical, legal and socially responsible business practices in its operations across the globe. This includes, but is not limited to, a commitment to ensure that our supply chain is free from slave labor and human trafficking. This statement, made pursuant to the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the 2015 United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act, highlight Belden’s efforts to ensure our supply chain is free from human trafficking and slave labor.
Supplier Code of Conduct
We expect our business partners, including our Suppliers, to follow the laws and regulations and to share our commitment to environmental stewardship, ethics, health and safety, human rights and labor issues. To ensure suppliers meet our expectations with respect to responsible, ethical and legal business practices, we've established the Belden Supplier Code of Conduct.
As such, we seek to maintain a resilient supply chain that includes supplier relationships with like-minded business and economic values, social compliance and corporate sustainability adoption.