From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. This “4-Way Test” sums up who we, as Rotarians, strive to be day in and day out in our homes, in our business dealings, in our communities and in the global community in which we live. We are men and women who attempt to live our personal and professional lives with integrity and with compassion for our fellow beings on the earth.
The 4-Way Test
“Of the things we think, say and do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”
“One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary “4-Way Test”. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Company, which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in Depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.
Herb Taylor became president of Rotary International during 1954-55. the 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways.” – Clifford L. Dochterman, The ABC’s of Rotary