LTS International

Since the founding of LTS in 1973, we have worked with both public and private sectors. LTS is known as a real “do-tank”; a leader in implementing best practice in the field. We have a strong and extensive history in each of these areas. In advising on and implementing solutions for sustainable development problems, our approach is innovative and flexible. Our services include programme design and development, feasibility studies, the development and application of best practice, research, market analysis, technical consultancy, process support, training, as well as monitoring and evaluation. We deliver these through a wide range of inputs from short-term advice to full project management.

Company details

Pentlands Science Park , Penicuik , Midlothian EH26 0PL United Kingdom

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Business Type:
Consulting firm
Industry Type:
Environmental
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1973
Employees:
11-100

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LTS International Ltd. (LTS) was established in 1973 as Land and Timber Services Ltd. and became LTS International Ltd. in 1992. To reflect our increasing project activity in East Africa and to encourage further growth in our East African footprint, LTS established a subsidiary, LTS Africa Ltd., in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009. In 2012, LTS established LTS Liberia Ltd. as the base for our work, primarily in FLEGT, in Liberia. Collectively, LTS’ three offices are known as the LTS Group.

Over the past 4 decades, the LTS Group has worked in 98 countries and we have an extensive track record of over 800 assignments, most notably in Africa, Asia and Europe. In the early years, LTS International had a regional geographical focus on Asia, managing long-term forestry programmes in Nepal, India and Indonesia. During the past fifteen years, the regional footprint has broadened global with a special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Going forward with a much more diverse portfolio of service offerings, the LTS Group will be operating in south-east Asia and deepen its engagement in Africa.

As a majority owned subsidiary of LTS International, the establishment of LTS Africa in 2009 reflects the LTS Group’s commitment to be a leading provider of technical services in support of sustainable development, and in particular the land, forest, water and natural resource management sectors. LTS Africa offers exciting and timely opportunities to build on LTS International’s track record by strengthening our collaboration with partners, associates and clients in Africa.

Since the founding of LTS, we have worked with both public and private sectors and we have seen numerous changes and challenges. Over the years, many ‘current issues’ have required us to look to our past to understand how to best address the core issues in development: economics, building capacity, re-shaping policies, empowering the poorest. We have a strong and extensive history in each of these areas.

LTS places ethics and quality at the heart of its business. Our approach to work is based on core values – a high level of ethical practice, excellent service, professionalism, equity, innovation and quality – that deliver real value and impact to a global community facing an uncertain future.

We focus on providing consultancy services of the highest quality, tailored specifically to the job and drawing on the most current thinking as well as our knowledge of what works in practice.

Policies and Systems used for the Maintenance of Business Integrity

LTS offers multi-disciplinary teams crafted to the specific requirements of every assignment. In order to manage our business through these dynamic processes, LTS International has a set of policies and practices that, together, form our Business Integrity

Management System.

The key elements of our Business Integrity Management System are:

Investors in People (IIP) accreditation;
Quality Management processes;
Code of Ethics;
Filing and Information Management System;
Risk Management processes.

Investors in People(IIP)

LTS has ‘Investors in People’ accreditation, which recognises that we value our staff as our key asset, promoting good achievement, morale, and retention of staff. The key benefits of being an IIP recognised organisation has a direct impact on the value provided in the delivery of our work, in particular through ensuring that LTS and partner staff adhere to the highest quality standards.

IIP is a business improvement tool which is used to improve company performance through staff development. It provides tailored assessments designed to support LTS in planning, implementing and evaluating effective strategies.

LTS has also achieved the best possible rating from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), the world’s leading source of business information. LTS has been awarded D&B Rating 1 status, denoting the highest level of credit worthiness and minimum risk of failure.

Quality Management Processes

LTS International prides itself on the delivery of quality and value for money in its project management and consultancy assignments. We have a series of processes in place that enable us to continue that quality assessment processes at home or on assignment including: peer review, institutional backstopping, standards and detailed resource planning.

Code of Ethics

LTS considers ethics to be a core part of our value statement and consistently tries to maintain our professional ethics. As such, in order to guide our business decisions in terms of the work we accept, the partners we choose and the approaches we take, we follow our ‘value and ethics statement’ and our ‘environmental and recycling policy’. We have a contact point in the organisation – the company’s Commercial Director – who acts as contact point for the organisation regarding ethical issues. Where relevant, issues are referred to the Board by the contact point.

Filing and Information Management System

LTS uses both a paper-based and electronic filing system for the management of information within the company. All staff are expected to use both systems. The nomenclature of the paper system follows the electronic system for easy cross-referencing. The system is available to all staff globally through Virtual Private Network (VPN) access and all data on the LTS Server is backed up once every 24 hours to minimise risk of data loss.

Risk Management

LTS International manages its risk through the development of project-specific risk matrices and ensuring due-diligence on sub-contracting. LTS has a pool of Associates and partner organisations with whom it has previously worked, whom it knows can deliver to the high standards expected at LTS. The LTS Associate pool and partner organisations are the first port of call for sub-contracting of work from LTS. If the associate pool is unable to deliver the sub-contracted work, consultants from our extensive network are to be contacted. Reference checks are made on all sub-consultants and potential partner companies before they are contracted to take on any work.