Do you know the origins of Rotary's Four-Way Test?
 
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. Do you know it’s origins?
 
One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is The Four-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.  Looking for a way to save the struggling company, Taylor drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives.  The Four-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 following this simple philosophy.
 
Herb Taylor became the first president of Rotary International in 1954-55.  The Four Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages published in thousands of ways.  The message should be known and followed by all Rotarians:
 
Of the things we think, say or 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?
 
From the ABCs of Rotary by Clifford L. Dochterman, President, Rotary International 1992-93