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The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do is a test used world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships.

The test is widely promoted as one of the guiding principles of Rotary International.

The test is especially useful as a way of fostering trust and cooperation within groups of people and groups of organizations.

Also see Core Design Principles for the Efficacy of Groups.


  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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