Who in the world can you trust?
In April, President Elect John Bernaden invited Rotarians and community members in manufacturing to consider this question - and to learn how Rotary might provide a framework for building trust in international business relationships.
One of the first steps in exploring new marketplaces is often simply finding a few key business people who can be trusted. That challenge seems especially difficult outside the U.S., which prevents many manufacturers from seriously thinking about exporting their products.
Under John’s leadership, RCM is in the early stages of developing a program to help manufacturers in Wisconsin believe that the world can be a trustworthy place to do business -- by leveraging our unique global organization that’s been built on a 100-year history of trust and Midwestern values.
Rotary International has 34,000 clubs in nearly 200 countries around the globe – 28,000 clubs outside the U.S. – comprised of nearly one million business people who value ethics. One of the basic tenets of Rotary is the encouragement of these high ethical standards in business and the professions. As any member who has attended a Rotary meeting abroad can attest, these shared Rotary values can lead to an instant sense of camaraderie and trust.
The program concept has been met with enthusiasm by district and international Rotary leadership. John invited leaders of local manufacturing companies to a kick-off meeting for the Global Milwaukee Committee on April 29th, and on May 13th John and Executive Director Mary McCormick will travel to Evanston for further discussions with Rotary International President Nominee K.R. Ravindran. Stay tuned for more news as we develop this initiative!