The Object of Rotary

 
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 serve 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 Concept of  Vocational Service

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:
 
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
 

INTEGRITY AND ETHICS

Rotary emphasizes integrity and high ethical standards. Two standards developed by Rotarians — The Four-Way Test and the Rotarian Code of Conduct — provide a road map for ethical behavior in the workplace and other areas of life.

ROTARIAN CODE OF CONDUCT

As a Rotarian, I will:
1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and
    professional life.
2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations             with respect.   
3. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young               people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s             quality of life in my community and in the world.
4. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other     
    Rotarians.
ROTARIAN CODE OF CONDUCT
 
The Rotarian Code of Conduct provides a framework for ethical
behavior that all Rotarians can use, together with The Four-Way Test, in their business and professional activities.

As part of Rotary’s guiding principles and the Avenues of Service, Vocational Service calls on Rotarians to empower others by using their unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. This handbook can help you gain a better understanding of vocational service and provide you with ideas to practice it through your service activities, in your personal life, and in your career.

THE FOUR-WAY TEST

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?
 
THE HISTORY OF THE FOUR-WAY TEST
 
The Four-Way Test was conceived in 1932 by businessman Herbert J. Taylor, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, who served as Rotary International president in 1954-55. Having taken on the task of saving a company from bankruptcy, Taylor developed the test as an ethical guide to follow in all business matters. The company’s survival was credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary International in 1934, The Four-Way Test remains an essential standard against which Rotarians measure ethical behavior. It has been translated into dozens of languages and promoted by Rotarians worldwide.

SKILLS OR OCCUPATIONS

By including men and women from diverse professions and backgrounds, Rotary recognizes the importance of all skills and occupations. A vibrant Rotary club reflects the businesses, organizations, and professions in its community, embracing diversity in experiences and perspectives. Your professional life and vocational service go together. Rotarians have a dual responsibility to represent
their occupations within their club and to exemplify the ideals of Rotary in their places of work.

ADVANCING HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS IN THE WORKPLACE

As leaders in their businesses and professions, Rotarians can advance high ethical standards by setting a positive example among colleagues and in their community. Here are a few specific ways Rotarians integrate ethics into their daily work life:
• Discuss and emphasize honesty, accountability, fairness, integrity, and respect when hiring, training, and supervising employees.
• Praise and encourage the exemplary behavior of colleagues.
• Demonstrate personal commitment to high ethical standards in relations with customers, vendors, and business associates, treating each business              interaction with care and consideration. 
• Promote socially and environmentally responsible practices in your businesses and organizations.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Founded as a business networking organization, Rotary emphasizes the importance of bringing together business and professional leaders for the purposes of exchanging ideas, developing relationships, and improving communities. Rotary members are committed to professional development and advancing their skills. Rotarians can pursue this commitment through activities that increase their knowledge, and by guiding and training others to find gainful, fulfilling employment.