Beyonce’s Ivy Park Sportswear Line Made In Sri Lankan Sweatshop??
Reportedly, Beyoncé‘s Ivy Park sportswear line is being manufactured using sweatshop labor out of Sri Lanka, India.
The activewear clothing line was launched by the music megastar and London based fashion retailer Topshop earlier this year, but despite saying she wants the brand to make women feel physically and mentally strong, the 228-piece collection is allegedly manufactured by mostly young females from poor rural villages who are being exploited and treated like slaves. According to The Sun:
One sewing machine operator, 22, told us she cannot survive on her basic wage of 18,500 rupees (£87.26) a month, just over half the Sri Lankan average of £164.
She works 9¾ hours a day, Monday to Friday, with a 30-minute lunch break. She has to work Saturdays and overtime in the week.
In response to the report, a spokesperson for Ivy Park issued a statement on Monday denying the allegations. “Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading program,” the statement reads. “We are proud of our sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and our teams worldwide work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance.”