Mattice concedes that looking far into the future is not a common practice in corporate America: "Most companies don't have strategic plans beyond three to five years, and unfortunately many have gone to quarterly planning to appease Wall Street pundits," he says.
"The most important thing to do is to start a dialog with the heads of each business unit to discuss any possible future effects [of greenhouse gas regulation and global warming]," Mattice says. "Have the discussion not as a fear factor but to view the reality of what we may be dealing with; maybe it would only involve our association with a supplier. Engage with them and show them you are a partner related to emerging risks and how to deal with them."
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