Fairtrade Foundation reaction to allegations that Beyonce’s clothing range in Top Shop is made by women earning just £4.30 a day

The story about low wages and poor conditions facing garment workers who produce Beyonce’s Ivy Park gym range in Topshop is sadly not an exception in the fashion industry.”

Subindu Garkhel, Cotton Product Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation said:

“The story about low wages and poor conditions facing garment workers who produce Beyonce’s Ivy Park gym range in Topshop is sadly not an exception in the fashion industry, and reflects many textile supply chains, despite some pockets of better practice around living wages. It’s unlikely Topshop will be the only one to be caught out but this is yet another stark reminder that fashion brands need to do more than ‘empower’ and ‘support’ just the women wearing their ranges, but also to the women who produce the garments and grow the cotton that the clothes are made from.

“To achieve better conditions in apparel supply chains, brand owners must take responsibility ensure that workers who produce the garments and grow the cotton are empowered, are able to join unions and collectively bargain for better wages. This is exactly what the new Fairtrade Textile Standard enables them to do through third party verification. It’s more than just a standard, it’s also a programmatic approach which will ensure regular training for workers all the way through the supply chain.”