David Steven Jacoby


Assuring Progress Toward ESGs in a Globally Competitive World

Establishing common ground between developed and developing worlds through Environmental Social & Governance goals
In two interwoven trips around the globe – one in 2010 and another in 2030 – the book discovers Bogota, Cartagena, Detroit, New York, Abuja, Cairo, Dammam, Abu Dhabi, Marseille, Hanover, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Shenzhen and Beijing. The people and experiences along the way tell a fascinating, unique, and insightful story about reckless development and reconnecting with humanity after globalization.

The 2010 trip at the height of globalization takes place against a backdrop of frenzied global development. As he travels, the author traces how the coffee and bottled water that he drinks, the flights that he takes, and the gasoline he puts in his car are made and distributed, and actively observes their social and environmental footprint. The 2030 trip, which follows a similar flight path and retraces the same supply chains, discovers a different world where government policies, business norms and social values renewed a sense of respect for self, others, and the environment.

A retrospective explains how a different way of thinking about growth and measuring progress enabled the shift to occur. It details how governance systems, corporate disclosures, and leadership by dominant companies in pivotal industries like oil & gas, transportation, and automotive helped the world pass a “tipping point,” and it shows how these companies adapted in order to operate profitably and sustainably at the same time.

The book is a heartfelt, multicultural eye-opener that is replenishing, restoring, and rich. It is charming and fun, while laying out a vision for a new era beyond globalization as we know it. Its inspirational message about developing sustainably while fulfilling our desire for growth and wealth, will endure.


From Bogota to Beijing is a fun-to-read fictional travelogue that conveys profound messages about how we can rescue our planet from the triple threats of Depletion of natural resources, Devastation of landscapes and ecosystems, and Dehumanization of people’s living and working conditions. Mr. Jacoby is a businessman who has worked around the world for decades, primarily building supply chain networks that are the hallmark of globalization.

David Sacks

Psychologist in Private Practice

His extensive travels have furnished him with plenty of vivid stories to make into a book portraying the extent of the harm our economic activities are doing to our societies and our planet.

David Sacks

Psychologist in Private Practice

“David Jacoby invites us on two fascinating and worldwide journeys full of crazy but loveable characters, and surreptitiously paints a hopeful and optimistic vision for life in a world that values energy efficiency and sustainable growth. The book is entertaining, meaningful, and unforgettable.”

Fritz Troller

Executive Vice President

Groom Energy, an EDF company

The format of the book pairs chapters focusing on various global industries, illustrating “bad” supply chain practices prevalent in 2010, and what things would look like by 2030 if we did better. Jacoby expresses notable optimism that by the latter date, corporations, governments and consumers can make significant adaptations and improvements.

David Sacks

Psychologist in Private Practice

The key, in his view, lies in a series of government mandates such as carbon taxes, clean power mandates, clean fuel mandates, recyclability mandates, zoning standards, and product labeling, along with international reporting on progress achieved. The book’s vision, and insight into details of the technological feasibility of these strategies, are comprehensive and compelling.

David Sacks

Psychologist in Private Practice

“David Jacoby has painted a picture of supply chains of the future that combines sound supply chain practices with innovation, incentives, and effective leadership providing a vision that is sustainable, practical, and profitable.”

Gary A. Smith

APICS New York City – Long Island

This reader is left wishing that the political path towards implementing these mandates was not so strewn with obstacles: climate change denial fueled by well-funded disinformation campaigns; short-sighted nationalism disrupting international consensus and collaboration; and powerful industries’ pressure on governments to minimize regulation. Despite the obstacles, we need to push forward.

David Sacks

Psychologist in Private Practice

Jacoby’s vivid portrayal of the state of the world illustrates that our current course is unsustainable, for people and our natural environment. I hope that his book finds many readers who will take this message to heart, and take action.

David Sacks

Psychologist in Private Practice

“The travel narrative is captivating and also leads the reader to important insights about growth, development, and globalization. An important book, at just the right time. I highly recommend it!”

Christoph Bach


ICARE Procurement



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