Posted on Jan 04, 2021

Through vocational service, Rotarians contribute their professional expertise and skills to address societal problems and needs, and to promote high ethical standards in the workplace.
Rotarians have two benchmarks for promoting professional integrity:  the Rotary Code of Conduct and the Four-Way Test. Click on "Read more" to study these two benchmarks.

Rotarians can support vocational service by 

  • Strengthening the emphasis on professional diversity in member recruitment; 
  • Identifying ways to emphasize professions in club activities;
  • Placing a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity at the club and district level -- which also is a means of attracting and mentoring the next generation; and
  • Emphasizing the connection between The Four-Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct and their importance to the values of Rotary.

Rotary Code of Conduct

• As a Rotarian, I will

1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities

2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary

3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically,

encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others

4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as

fellow human beings

5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society

6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work

for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in

my community

7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything

that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians

8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded
others in a business or professional relationship

The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages and asks the following questions:

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?