The Four-Way Test
Followed by Rotarians worldwide in their personal, business and professional lives, The Four-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. It has since been translated into more than 100 languages and is used by organizations and individuals throughout the world.
The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:
1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
DECLARATION OF ROTARIANS IN BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS
I am expected to:
1) consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve;
2) be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community;
3) do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest
ethical standards in my chosen vocation;
4) be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public, and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship;
5) recognize the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful to society;
6) offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community;
7) adhere to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business or profession;
8) neither seek from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
Core Values and Guiding Principles
Rotary's core values represent the guiding principles of the organization's culture, including what guides members' priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization's leadership.
SERVICE - We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.
FELLOWSHIP - We believe that individual efforts focus on individual
needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.
DIVERSITY - We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind
the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of vocations within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its business and professional community is a club with a key to its future.
INTEGRITY - We are committed to and expect accountability from our
leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.
LEADERSHIP - We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders
in their fields of endeavour. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values.
All of these core values are reflected in the Object of Rotary and The Four-Way Test, which we use in our daily lives. They
inspire us to foster and support the ideal of service for developing and maintaining integrity in human relations.