The European Union is considering action to encourage better labour conditions in Bangladesh after the collapse of a building killed at least 390 people, many of them factory workers making clothes for Western retailers.
A statement issued by the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and trade commissioner Karel de Gucht said:
The EU is presently considering appropriate action, including through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) - through which Bangladesh currently receives duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market under the 'Everything But Arms' scheme - in order to incentivise responsible management of supply chains involving developing countries.
A young woman has been freed from the wreckage of a building in the Bangladeshi capital 17 days after its collapse killed hundreds.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner has told me he believes that Western companies share some of the blame for conditions in Dhaka's factories.
Primark, who bought products from the factories in the destroyed Rana Plaza in Dhaka, will pay compensation to the families of the victims.