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Sep 9, 2014

FCIB Senior Executive Flies in for Meeting

Ella Hoyos

According to Ella Hoyos, Managing Director for CIBC FirstCaribbean, the bank has a no discrimination policy where it concerns race and language; however, certain aspects of the policy will be revised within the coming months to address the issue of language usage across the region.


Ella Hoyos, Managing Director, Human Resources, CIBC

“I have shared with members of the Garifuna community as well as with the union that we do have a well-published policy on anti-discrimination in the workplace. That is discrimination against persons for any reason whatsoever, including culture and language. What we do not have is a specific policy that speaks to language. Based on this issue, we will develop such a policy and we believe it will take time. We do operate in seventeen countries, many of them which have multiple language…places like Curacao which speaks Dutch, Spanish and several other languages. So we will develop such a policy in consultation with the unions and members of the wider community who have been impacted by the issue and we will aim to have that in place. Because of the complexity of the process, we feel that it will take somewhere from three to four months.”


Uwanhie Martinez has effectively resigned from her post at FirstCaribbean after fourteen years of service to the bank in Dangriga. 

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3 Responses for “FCIB Senior Executive Flies in for Meeting”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    @Ella Hoyos What is so difficult about having a zero tolerance discrimination policy?

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    FCIB need to be held financially liable.That being said Where is the National Garifuna Council?

  3. CEO says:

    Belize is a country of many languages and many people! So if This Bank wants to do business in Belize they need to cut this crap!

    I take it that if some other person comes in that bank that cannot understand or speak “English” will you escort them out the bank and apologize for not being able to service them?

    This is bull and even though I am not Garifuna I am offended because I am Belizean!

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