Whistles launches investigation as feminist t-shirt is hit with sweatshop labour allegations
Whistles has launched an investigation into its supply chain after a report claimed that T-shirts bearing the slogan “This is what a feminist looks like” were manufactured in “sweatshop” conditions, primarily by female workers.
The Mail on Sunday reported that the shirts were made at a Mauritius-based factory where machinist take home an average 62p per hour.
"The allegations regarding the production of T-shirts in the CMT factory in Mauritius are extremely serious and we are investigating them as a matter of urgency," the statement said.
"We are committed to ensuring that our products are safe for consumers' use and manufactured under safe, fair and humane working conditions."
The shirts – which retail for £45 each – were produced in partnership with Elle magazine and the Fawcett Society.
Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Harriet Harman and a host of other celebrities and public figures were spotted wearing the shirts before the allegations emerged.
"We have been very disappointed to hear the allegations that conditions in the Mauritius factory may not adhere to the ethical standards that we, as the Fawcett Society, would require of any product that bears our name," a spokeswoman for he Fawcett Society added.