Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians, who are members of more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in more than 165 countries.
The mission of Rotary International is to assist and guide Rotarians and Rotary clubs to accomplish the Object of Rotary to ensure Rotary’s continuing relevance and to help build a better world, emphasizing service activities by individuals and groups that enhance the quality of life and human dignity, encourage high ethical standards, and creating greater understanding among all people to advance the search for peace in the world.
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:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his/her personal, business and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
THE ROTARY CODE OF ETHICS
FIRST: To consider my vocation worthy, and as affording me distinct opportunity to serve society.
SECOND: To improve myself, increasing my efficiency and enlarge my service, and by doing so attest my faith in the fundamental principle of Rotary that he profits most who serves best.
THIRD: To realize that I am a business person and ambitious to succeed; but that I am first an ethical person, and wish no success that is not founded on the highest justice and morality.
FOURTH: To hold that the exchange of my goods, my service and my ideals for profit is legitimate and ethical, provided that all parties in the exchange are benefited thereby.
FIFTH: To use my best endeavors to elevate the standards of the vocation in which I am engaged, and so to conduct my affairs that others in my vocation my find it wise, profitable and conducive to happiness to emulate my example.
SIXTH: To conduct my business in such a manner that I may give a perfect service equal to or even better then my competitor, and when in doubt to give added service beyond the strict measure of debt or obligation.
SEVENTH: To understand that one of the greatest assets of a profession or a business person is his/her friends and that any advantage gained by reason of friendship is eminently ethical and proper.
EIGHTH: To hold that true friends demand nothing of one another and that any abuse of the confidence of friendship for profit is foreign to the spirit of Rotary, and in violation of its Code of Ethics.
NINTH: To consider no personal success legitimate or ethical which is secured by taking unfair advantage of certain opportunities in the social order that are absolutely denied others, nor will I take advantage of opportunities to achieve material success that others will not take because of questionable morality involved.
TENTH: To be not more obligated to another Rotarian that I am every other person in human society; because the genius of Rotary is not in its competition, but in its co-operation; for provincialism can never have a place in an institution like Rotary, and Rotarians assert that Human Rights are not confined to Rotary Clubs, but are as deep and broad as mankind itself; and for these high purposes does Rotary exist to educate all persons and all institutions.
ELEVENTH: Finally, believing in the universality of the Golden Rule, ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER YE WOULD THAT OTHERS SHOULD DO UNTO YOU DO YE END SO UNTO THEM, we contend that Society best hold together when equal opportunity is accorded all persons in the natural resources of this planet.
THE 4-WAY TEST
Of 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?