The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
Second: High ethical standards in business and professions. The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to service society.
Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.
Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test
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?
Rotary Code of Conduct
The Rotary Code of Conduct (formerly known as the Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions) provides a framework for ethical behavior that all Rotarians can use, together with the Four-Way Test, in their business and professional activities.
As a Rotarian, I will
- Exemplify the core values of integrity in all behaviors and activities.
- Use my vocational experience and talents to service in Rotary.
- Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically. Encourage and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others.
- Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.
- Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society.
- 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.
- Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not to do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians.
- Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
Source:The Rotarian Magazine, July 2013