Sunday 4 December 2016

Beyonce's Ivy Park company responds to 'sweatshop' claims

Published 16/05/2016 | 17:17

Beyonce for Ivy Park/Ivy Park
Beyonce for Ivy Park/Ivy Park
Ivy Park: Black shorts, €22, Grey hoodie, €45, Blue crop top, €34, Blue leggings, €49, T-shirt, €22.
Queen Bey: Beyonce in Ivy Park.

The company behind Beyoncé’s athleisure range for Topshop, Ivy Park, has denied that the clothes are made under sweatshop conditions.

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This follows a report published by The Sun, that claimed workers for the line told the paper they are paid €0.56 per hour, totalling to just €5.50 per day.

"Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading programme," the brand said in response to the claims.

“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.”

Ivy Park: Black shorts, €22, Grey hoodie, €45, Blue crop top, €34, Blue leggings, €49, T-shirt, €22.
Ivy Park: Black shorts, €22, Grey hoodie, €45, Blue crop top, €34, Blue leggings, €49, T-shirt, €22.

"We expect our suppliers to meet our code of conduct and we support them in achieving these requirements," a statement from Ivy Park read.

Workers from the factory in Sri Lanka allegedly told The Sun that they have to work long hours with little breaks in cramped conditions.

Queen Bey: Beyonce in Ivy Park.
Queen Bey: Beyonce in Ivy Park.

Ivy Park was released in Topshop stores in April as a collaboration between Beyoncé and Sir Philip Green, and contains over 200 pieces.

The superstar singer said that she launched the line “to push the boundaries of athletic wear” and to “support and inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance.”

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