Posted by Glen Beauchamp on Apr 16, 2018


Objects of Rotary and Ethical Behaviour 

There is hardly a day goes by when the morals and ethics of individuals, managers and firms in our society are called to account with some later regretting  their behaviour. One must ask why is this happening? 
Is it a lack of ethics and moral behaviour or the failure of these  in our society ?
The term 'ethics' can commonly refer to the rules and principles that define right and wrong conduct of individuals (Foundations of management / Stephen P. Robbins, Rolf Bergman, Ian Stagg, Mary Coulter 2003, p.150).
Ethical Behaviour is accepted as "right" or "good" in the context of a governing moral code.
Ethics can be viewed as a way of behaving that can be prescribed and imposed by the work environment or society (Garcia-Zamor, 2003).

Virtually all societies have developed rules and regulations about how business should be transacted and how business organizations should be managed. In other words, based on experience and the philosophical and religious values of the society, rules of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours evolve and are encoded into society (Mendenhall, Punnett and Ricks 
Did you know that Rotary has within its Constitution, Objects and Guiding principles covering ethical standards and behaviour with which it expects its members to comply. These are :-

1. Our 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. 


  2. The Object of Rotary

   The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the following:
  • 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.

   3.  The 4 Way Test


   In addition Rotary has a  credo called the “The Four-Way Test”

   This test, which guides all Rotarians and Rotary activities, has been translated into more than 100 languages and asks the following four questions:
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?

So as Rotarians we become most concerned when unethical and immoral behaviour is prevalent in our society.

 Besides Ethics, Rotary is very strong on Ethos .Why not help us spread the Rotary word by joining Rotary. You won’t regret it


Like to know more about Rotary ; visit our website"Downloads" page at to download our  Club manual " An Introduction to the Rotary Club of Engadine " to gain a better appreciation of Rotary and Engadine Rotary