SMH. Harry Belafonte already told y’all this girl ain’t thinking about nobody but herself.
Via RadarOnline reports:
Beyonce is the face of H&M, a Swedish clothing manufacturer with a checkered record in their use of Southeast Asian sweatshops — and the inhumane labor conditions that go on there.
Cambodian factory worker Srey Nit told this week’s edition of Star about the grueling pace workers must keep in producing goods like the ones the Irreplaceable singer promotes for H&M.
“Sometimes we are required to work from morning to morning,” said Nit, 22. “They say, ‘We are in a hurry.’”
Director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights Charles Kernaghan told Star that working conditions at two H&M factories he’d audited in Bangladesh were “ridiculous,” and some of the worst he’s ever seen. (Last month, a factory collapse there left 1,127 people dead.)
“There was child labor, people were being beaten, cheated of their wages — and wages were very, very low,” Kernaghan said. (Swedish investigative program Kalla Fakta estimated average monthly wages at $61.)
Equally mortifying, according to Kernaghan, was the rampant sexual harassment going on in the sweatshops, as “male supervisors would constantly press young women to have sex with them.”
Clean Clothes Campaign coordinator Christa Luginbühl said H&M is contradictory in it’s claims their wares “are made with responsibility for people and environment.
“Hundreds of overworked and malnourished workers faint during their daily work,” Luginbühl told Star, adding, “A fashion collection cannot be ‘conscious,’ ‘sustainable,’ or ‘responsible’ if a producer denies garment workers the basic human right for a living wage.”
The Houston-born stunner, who signed a multi-million dollar endorsement pact with H&M, should have used her influence to try and reform within the dysfunctional, dangerous garment industry, according to Fair Trade Campaigns Director for Green America Elizabeth O’Connell.
“Beyoncé has more power than she knows … she could have agreed to continue only if H&M agreed to change the working conditions of its overseas garment factories,” O’Connell said. “Celebrities should look past the dollar signs and become aware of what the company is actually selling.”
They’re absolutely right. These artists are not doing as much as they can to make better lives for other people. As much as we call her Beysus, Beyoncé may not be all-powerful but she certainly can insist on the companies she endorses doing more for the poor and those affected by their business practices.
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