Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are widely recognized as an
important part of the economy, particularly important in countries like Mexico,
where SMEs make up almost 90% of the industry. However these SMEs do
not consider their impact on the environment and surrounding communities to
be a priority, and lack the proper information with regards to how to reduce it.
The research presented in this thesis sets out to explore the implementation
of Sustainable Design in Mexican SMEs, through the use of a guidebook in
the form of a web based tool. This tool, tailored to the specific needs of the
Mexican SMEs' aims to deliver·· clear and concise information, raise
awareness and improve their environmental and social performance.
Through a series of studies it was possible to identify that the socio-cultural
and political context of the Mexican SMEs have an impact on the
implementation of Sustainable Design. As well, these studies analyze if the
proposed prototype tool is capable of working without external support. The
findings from the studies were used to develop a theoretical framework for
the future development of Sustainable Design information tools aimed at
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.