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?

One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary 4-Way Test.

The “4-Way Test” was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 who was asked to save an Aluminum Company facing bankruptcy.  Taylor looked for a way to save the company which was mired in depression-caused financial difficulties.  He drew up this 24-word code of ethics and asked all employees to live their professional and personal life by this code.  Relationships between sales, production, marketing and dealers / customers were guided by the 4-way test.  The survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.

Herb Taylor became President of R.I. during 1954-55.  The 4-Way Test was adapted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways.

We encourage all Rotarians to live their lives by this code of ethics.  This is what distinguishes our Rotary members from other service organizations.