- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Beyonce’s new athletic clothing line Ivy Park is denying allegations that workers in its Sri Lanka factory are being exploited.

The company said in a statement Monday that it 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,” the company said, Women’s Wear Daily reported.

The statement came in response to a front-page story in The Sun tabloid alleging that “poverty-stricken” seamstresses making Ivy Park clothes at the Sri Lankan MAS Holdings ­factory were making $6.17 a day.

The minimum daily wage in Sri Lanka is $2.68, but living wage activists accused the factory of exploiting workers and forcing them into poverty.

Beyonce, 34, said at the launch of the clothing line: “My goal with Ivy Park is to push the boundaries of athletic wear and to support and inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance.”

One machinist 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.”

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