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Sri Lanka: Beyonce's Ivy Park line allegedly produced in sweatshop - includes response

British tabloid The Sun accused Ivy Park, Beyonce's activewear label of cheating its workers by paying them the equivalent of $6.17 a day, per WWD, and contrasted the wages to the cost of Ivy Park leggings, which can retail for up to $144. Ivy Park  [joint venture partnership between Topshop/Arcadia & Parkwood Entertainment] uses a MAS Holdings factory in Sri Lanka to manufacture some of its clothes. MAS Holdings touts itself as a global best practice in Sustainability Company. Ivy Park's representative said in a statement that it has a rigorous ethical trading program, and they are proud of sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and that their teams worldwide work very closely with suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance.

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17 May 2016

Beyonce's Ivy Park line allegedly produced in Sri Lankan sweatshop- includes response

Author: Yesha Callahan, The Root (USA)

Over the weekend, a British tabloid ran an article reporting that Beyoncé’s new clothing line, Ivy Park, which is distributed through Top Shop, is being manufactured in a sweatshop located in Sri Lanka. According to The Sun, the clothing line uses “poverty-stricken seamstresses” at the MAS Holdings factory in Sri Lanka to make the clothes. On Monday... the brand issued a 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.” According to WWD, 400 rupees is the minimum wage in Sri Lanka ($2.68 at current exchange rates), and MAS Holdings said that its workers make more than double the minimum wage.

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17 May 2016

Sri Lanka: Sweatshop ‘slaves’ earning just 44p an hour making ‘empowering’ Beyonce clobber

Author: James Mills, Sun

BEYONCE’S new high street sportswear range for Topshop is made using sweat shop labour earning just £4.30 a day...while Topshop claims it “empowers women through sport”...poverty-stricken seamstresses making some of the clothes in the MAS Holdings ­factory in Sri Lanka earn just £4.30 a day...The workers, mostly young women from poor rural villages, can only afford to live in boarding houses and work more than 60 hours a week to make ends meet...Most are reluctant to speak out for fear of losing their jobs...Campaigners insist the women are being exploited and treated like slaves...Their three-storey boarding house has a strict 10.30pm curfew after which the gates are locked, mainly for their own safety...The Arcadia group, which owns Topshop, claims it enforces a “code of conduct” on suppliers.

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16 May 2016

Beyonce's Ivy Park clothing line denies sweatshop allegations

Author: Andrea Park, CBS News

Beyonce's activewear label, Ivy Park, is hitting back against rumors that its Sri Lanka factory is a sweatshop..."Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading program," a representative 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. We expect our suppliers to meet our code of conduct and we support them in achieving these requirements."

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