“Projects need people, they need physical help and I have seen fellow Rotarians, who in their day job work in accounting or finance, roll up their sleeves and paint walls to help a project. I have seen Rotarians who work in administration or logistics travel to third world countries to help administer important life-saving drugs and I have seen Rotarians who are more acquainted with the boardroom help rehabilitate prisoners back into society. The list is truly endless, but can it benefit you? Absolutely, we operate in a world that must be more than the bottom line and I truly believe that Rotary provides life changing and inspiring opportunities for us all.”
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions: "Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?