Beyonce Ivy Park Sweatshop
So much for Beyonce’s little “Ivy ParK was created to inspire women” speech because the billionaire entertainer is reportedly using a Sri Lankan sweatshop and paying workers $6 a day to churn out $65 leggings and $35 crop tops for us to flex in.
Ivy Park, named after her daughter Blue Ivy and Parkwood Park in Houston, TX, is co-founded by Bey in conjunction with London-based retailer Topshop. The 200-piece collection was launched in April at Topshop and high-end stores worldwide with pieces priced between $30-$200.
The British publication says they did an investigation that revealed that the workers at a Sri Lankan factory in the city of Katunayake reportedly are paid what is equivalent to $6.17 in USD.
They report that many of the workers are poor young women who live in a 100-room boarding house, working more than 60 hours a week. They get no benefits or vacation time.
“All we do is work, sleep, work, sleep,” revealed one 22-year-old seamstress who shares a 10 foot by 10 foot room with her 19-year old sister.
“We don’t have our own kitchen or shower, it’s just a small bedroom,” she tells The Sun. “We have to share the shower block with the men so there isn’t much privacy. It is shocking and many of the women are very scared.”
The young woman says that she’s not able to survive on her monthly income of $235.49 as most of the money goes towards paying rent and helping out their family in a nearby village.
Despite the low wages, the factory that produces Ivy Park isn’t breaking any laws. The minimum wage in Sri Lanka is about $6 a day.
Britain’s The Sun on Sunday said its investigation found that the star’s Ivy Park label, featured in Topshop stores, is made by Sri Lankan seamstresses paid only $6.17 a day.
A 22-year-old sewing machine operator told the newspaper 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.
The young woman said she can’t survive on her salary of $125.30 a month.
That’s just a bit over half the Sri Lankan average monthly income of $235.49, according to the newspaper.
The worker, a farmer’s daughter from a remote village 200 miles away, shares a 10-foot by 10-foot room with her 19-year-old sister.
Each of them pays rent of $27.08 a month.
“We don’t have our own kitchen or shower; it’s just a small bedroom,’’ she told the Sun.
“We have to share the shower block with the men, so there isn’t much privacy. It is shocking and many of the women are very scared.
“We don’t have much spare money and what we do have we send back to our family.”
Arcadia Group, the company that owns Topshop, told the Sun it has strict rules for its suppliers.
“When customers buy our goods, they have to be sure [the products] have been made under acceptable conditions. That means without exploiting the people who make them.”
Arcadia added that all suppliers must provide “decent working conditions.”
Will you continue buying Ivy Park pieces?