The Four-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?

In his book “The ABCs of Rotary,” Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman (1992-1992) explains:

“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 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 and published in thousands of ways.”

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