Whistles has launched an investigation into claims its campaign T-shirts featuring the slogan “This is what a feminist looks like” were made by workers paid 62p an hour.
The £45 T-shirts, launched through branches of Whistles last week, have been worn by Labour leader Ed Miliband and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as well as actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne and musician Tinie Tempah.
According to the Mail on Sunday, labourers at the Mauritian factory where the T-shirts were produced, Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile (CMT), earned 6,000 rupees a month, equivalent to £120. CMT has a turnover of £125m and employs 10,000 workers.
In a statement, Whistles said: “We place a high priority on environmental, social and ethical issues. 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.
“We carry out regular audits of our suppliers in line with our high corporate and social responsibility standards. CMT has world class policies for sustainable development, social, ethical and environmental compliance.”