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Is Ivy Park running a Sweat Shop?

The Sun is reporting that the factory in Sri Lanka that is producing Beyonce’s Ivy Park line, is employing seamstresses for about $6/day.

The report says that the women, mostly from poor villages, work over 60 hours a week and stay in a cramped 100-room boarding house near the factory.

One worker told The Sun: “When they talk about women and empowerment this is just for the foreigners. They want the foreigners to think everything is OK.”

Ivy Park has responded to the claims saying: “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.”

They added that they expect their suppliers to meet their code of conduct “and we support them in achieving these requirements.”

Fun fact, the minimum daily wage in Sri Lanka is about $2.68.  So if the Ivy Park workers are earning $6, they’re getting more than twice the minimum wage. Source, Source and Image

What do you think? Should a brand that says it’s about the empowerment of women, pay its female workers a more ‘fair’ wage?

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.