A British tabloid is dragging Beyonce over her Ivy Park clothing line, accusing the brand’s co-founder of taking advantage of poor Sri Lankan women. Employees at the “sweatshop” producing the expensive line of female sporting apparel are reportedly only making $6.17 a day. Keep in mind that an Ivy Park tank top retails for $25 a piece at Topshop, the brand’s exclusive retailer.
On Monday, a Topshop representative clapped back at the allegations, releasing this statement:
“Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading program. 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 brand added that it expects its suppliers to meet its code of conduct “and we support them in achieving these requirements.”
The minimum daily wage in Sri Lanka is $2.68. Most workers at the Ivy Park “sweatshop” make $6.17 a day, which is more than twice the country’s minimum wage. That being said, do you think Beyonce should be making sure employees at her factory are making even more than they currently are?