4-Way Test

The Four-Way Test was created in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who later became the Rotary International President. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages and is followed by Rotarians in their business and professional lives and is used by organizations and individuals throughout the world. The Four-Way Test has never ceased to be relevant and is a simple checklist for ethical behavior.

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?


“One of the most amazing things about Rotary is this shared code of ethics.  Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Simple questions that help in every decision making situation.  When you join Rotary, you begin to understand the importance of the 4-way test and the magic of this bond.  It transcends age, gender and even vocation.  Rotarians are united in a global effort to do the right thing whenever we are challenged.”

Marilyn Bickle


Rotary’s Mission

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.