A month after launching its Sustainability Charter, the company published the NTT Group Sustainability Report 20213, reinforcing its commitment to becoming a sustainable organization. This approach has been developed based on the “Self as We” philosophy proposed by Professor Yasuo Deguchi of Kyoto University. His theory is that individuals do not exist or succeed in isolation (“self as I”), but are supported by their connections with a broad range of people, nature, objects and technologies. He points out that we need a greater awareness of these relationships and that the ideal approach is to aim toward coexistence in much the same way as the natural world. He also explains how this mindset can be applied in everyday life. “We cannot do anything at all by ourselves, alone. The idea of ‘we’ is sometimes lost in the modern idea of human beings. As a result, the positive impact is limited to just a few people—a family, a village community or a single nation-state. My idea of ‘self as we’ is holistic; it’s membership on a grand scale. The bigger way is a better way.” In the coming years, interactivity between people, objects and technologies within cyberspace—such as the metaverse, artificial intelligence and similar services—must be encompassed by the “we.” This recognition that technology now forms part of the “we” is key to ensuring the proper use of technology in an ethical and virtuous way.