It has been alleged that Beyonce’s sportswear brand ‘Ivy Park’, which is a range exclusive to Topshop, is being made by workers earning just 44p an hour in squalid conditions.
The range was created to “support and inspire women” and is now under fire after it came to light that the Sri Lankan workers are earning £4.30 a day.
The Sun report that Anti-Slavery campaigner Jakub Sobik has attacked Beyonce’s brand, revealing: “With what is being described here, this is a form of sweat shop slavery…
"Companies like Topshop have a duty to find out if these things are happening, and it has long been shown that ethical inspections by these companies are failing.”
An unnamed seamstress from MAS Holdings, whose 74,000-strong workforce is made up of 70% women, also dismissed claims that the workers are empowered, saying: “When they talk about women and empowerment this is just for the foreigners. They want the foreigners to think everything is OK.”
The company are not breaking any laws as the legal minimum wage in Sri Lanka is 13,500 rupees a month - equivalent to around £140 - but campaigners feel the minimum wage should be closer to 43,000 rupees - £450.
A Topshop spokesperson defended Beyonce’s range to the newspaper, saying: “Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading programme.
"We are proud of our sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and our teams 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.”
Beyonce has not personally commented on the matter.