Over the weekend, news broke reporting that Beyonce’s new clothing line, Ivy Park, distributed by Top Shop, is being manufactured in a sweatshop located in Sri Lanka.
A 22-year-old sewing-machine operator for the clothing line told British newspaper, The Sun that she lives in a 100-room boarding house near the factory in the town of Katunayake. “All we do is work, sleep, work, sleep,’’ she said, adding that her daily wage is about N1,000, just over half the average income in the country.
This news prompted a response from Ivy Park which said;
“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 work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance.
We expect our suppliers to meet our code of conduct and we support them in achieving these requirements.”
MAS Holdings, the company in charge of the Sri Lankan factory also issued a statement saying its workers make more than double the minimum wage.
400 rupees is the minimum wage in Sri Lanka (about N533 at the official exchange rates).