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The 4-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:



  1. Is it the TRUTH?

  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


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 4-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 code of ethics 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 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.


Each year, the Rotary Club of Sandusky conducts a Four Way Test Speech Contest.  The winner receives a financial reward and also competes in the District 6600 Rotary Four Way Test Competition( with the winners from as many as 62 different clubs between Toledo and Oberlin to Tiffin and Port Clinton)  held at the District's Annual Conference.  In 2015, the Annual Rotary Conference will be held at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, the weekend of April 17-19, 2015.  If interested in the Four Way Test Student Competition, please email the club or Rich Finneran, Rour Way Test Chairman at: rcfinneran@citizensbankco.com?







Information on this page came from:

The The 4-Way Test page on the Rotary International web site.