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."
British tabloid The Sun accused Ivy Park 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 uses a MAS Holdings factory in Sri Lanka to manufacture some of its clothes.
However, minimum daily wage in Sri Lanka is the equivalent of $2.68, which means that factory workers for Ivy Park are making more than double the minimum wage.
MAS Holdings touts itself as a Global Best Practice in Sustainability company.