Does Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Line Exploit Sweatshop Workers?
The company responds to allegations
After years of sweeping horrific labor practices under the rug, the media is finally starting to wake up. Several outlets are investigating the unjust treatment of factory workers in third world countries.
The latest target of this scrutiny is none other than Beyoncé for her new activewear line, Ivy Park. As WWD reported, the British tabloid, The Sun claims the line is guilty of using unfair labor practices in Sri Lanka: “The mostly female workers earn 4.30 pounds a day, or $6.17, and could never afford to buy a pair of Ivy Park leggings, which can cost 100 pounds, $144,” the story read.
Ivy Park representatives immediately denied the allegations, claiming that they vetted the factory to ensure workers were paid above minimum wage. Minimum wage in Sri Lanka is only $2.68 a day, which amounts to about half of what Ivy Park workers are currently making. “Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading program,” the company said in a statement. “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.”
The exchange shows just how important it is that we pay attention to how our clothing is made — and not just to ad campaigns and photo shoots.
Written by Alyssa Hardy