CONTINUITY AGREEMENT
 
 
 
     This Agreement (the "Agreement") is dated as of July 1, 2001 (the
"Effective Date") by and between Rohm and Haas Company, a Delaware corporation
(the "Company"), and --------------- (the "Executive").
 
     The Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") considers the continued
services of the Executive to be in the best interests of the Company and its
stockholders; and
 
     The Board desires to assure, and has determined that it is appropriate and
in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to reinforce and
encourage the continued attention and dedication of the Executive to his or her
duties of employment without personal distraction or conflict of interest in
circumstances which could arise from the occurrence of a change in control of
the Company; and
 
     The Board has authorized the Company to enter into continuity agreements
with certain key executives of the Company and any of its respective
subsidiaries (each of such entities, with the Company hereinafter referred to as
an "Employer"), such agreements to set forth the severance compensation which
the Company agrees under certain circumstances to pay such executives; and
 
     The Executive is a key executive of an Employer and has been designated by
the Board as an executive to be offered such a continuity compensation agreement
with the Company.
 
     In consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants and agreements
contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and
sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Executive agree
as follows:
 
     1. Term. This Agreement shall become effective on the Effective Date and
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remain in effect until the third anniversary of the Effective Date; provided,
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however, that, commencing on the date one year after the Effective Date, and on
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each annual anniversary of such date (such date and each annual anniversary
thereof shall be hereinafter referred to as the "Renewal Date"), this Agreement
shall automatically be extended so as to terminate three years from such Renewal
Date, unless an Employer provides the Executive, in writing, at least 180 days
prior to the Renewal Date, notice that this Agreement shall not be renewed.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that a Change in Control (as defined
below) occurs at any time prior to the termination of this Agreement in
accordance with the preceding sentence, this Agreement shall not terminate until
the third anniversary of the Change in Control (or, if later, until the third
anniversary of the consummation of the transaction(s) contemplated in the Change
in Control) (the "Protected Period").
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     2. Change in Control.
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     (a) No compensation or other benefit pursuant to Section 4 or 5 shall be
payable under this Agreement unless and until either (i) a Change in Control of
the Company occurs while the Executive is an employee of an Employer and the
Executive's employment by an Employer is thereafter terminated in accordance
with Section 3 or (ii) the Executive's employment by an Employer is terminated
in accordance with Section 3(a)(ii) prior to the occurrence of the Change in
Control.
 
     (b) As used in this Agreement, "Person" (including a "group"), has the
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meaning as such term is used for purposes of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (or any successor section thereto).
 
     (c) For purposes of this Agreement, "Change in Control" shall mean any one
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of the following:
 
          (i) any Person (other than (w) the Company, (x) any trustee or other
     fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company,
     (y) any company owned, directly or indirectly, by the shareholders of the
     Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock
     of the Company or (z) the direct lineal descendants of Otto Haas and Phoebe
     Haas, the spouses of such descendants and any trust or foundation
     established by any of them), becomes the Beneficial Owner, directly or
     indirectly, of securities of the Company, representing 20% or more of the
     combined voting power of the Company's then-outstanding securities;
 
          (ii) during any period of twenty-four consecutive months (not
     including any period prior to the Effective Date), individuals who at the
     beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director (other
     than (A) a director nominated by a Person who has entered into an agreement
     with the Company to effect a transaction described in clause (c)(i), (iii)
     or (iv) or (B) a director nominated by any Person (including the Company)
     who publicly announces an intention to take or to consider taking actions
     (including, but not limited to, an actual or threatened proxy contest)
     which if consummated would constitute a Change in Control) whose election
     by the Board or nomination for election by the Company's shareholders was
     approved by a vote of at least three-fourths (3/4) of the directors then
     still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or
     whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease
     for any reason to constitute at least a majority thereof;
 
          (iii) the consummation of any merger, consolidation, plan of
     arrangement, reorganization or similar transaction or series of
     transactions in which the Company is involved, other than such a
     transaction or series of transactions which would result in the
     shareholders of the Company
 
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     immediately prior thereto continuing to own (either by remaining
     outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving
     entity) more than 60% of the combined voting power of the securities of the
     Company or such surviving entity (or the parent, if any) outstanding
     immediately after such transaction(s) in substantially the same proportions
     as their ownership immediately prior to such transaction(s); or
 
          (iv) the shareholders of the Company approve a plan of complete
     liquidation of the Company or the sale or disposition by the Company of all
     or substantially all of the Company's assets, other than a liquidation of
     the Company into a wholly owned subsidiary.
 
     3. Termination of Employment.
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     (a) Termination without Cause by an Employer or for Good Reason by the
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Executive.
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          (i) The Executive shall be entitled to the compensation provided for
     in Section 4, if within the Protected Period, the Executive's employment is
     terminated (A) by an Employer for any reason other than (I) the Executive's
     Disability or Retirement, (II) the Executive's death or (III) for Cause, or
     (B) by the Executive with Good Reason (as such terms are defined below).
 
          (ii) In addition, the Executive shall be entitled to the compensation
     provided for in Section 4 if, (A) the Executive's employment is terminated
     without Cause by an Employer or is terminated by the Executive with Good
     Reason prior to the Change in Control, (B) such termination is at the
     direction or request of the acquiror or merger partner or otherwise in
     connection with the anticipated Change in Control, and (C) such Change in
     Control actually occurs.
 
     (b) Disability. For purposes of this Agreement, "Disability" shall mean the
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Executive's absence from the full-time performance of the Executive's duties (as
such duties existed immediately prior to such absence) for 180 consecutive
business days as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental illness.
 
     (c) Retirement. For purposes of this Agreement, "Retirement" shall mean the
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Executive's voluntary termination of employment pursuant to late, normal or
early retirement under a pension plan sponsored by an Employer in which the
Executive participates, as defined in such plan, but only if such retirement
occurs prior to a termination by an Employer without Cause or by the Executive
for Good Reason.
 
     (d) Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, "Cause" shall mean:
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          (i) the willful and continued failure of the Executive to perform
     substantially his or her duties with an Employer (other than any such
     failure resulting from incapacity
 
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     due to physical or mental illness), after a written demand for substantial
     performance is delivered to the Executive by the Board which specifically
     identifies the manner in which the Board believes that the Executive has
     not substantially performed his or her duties; or
 
          (ii) the conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, a
     felony; or
 
          (iii) the willful engaging by the Executive in gross misconduct which
     is materially and demonstrably injurious to an Employer;
 
For purposes of this Section 3(d), no act or failure to act, on the Executive's
part shall be considered "willful" unless done, or omitted to be done, by him or
her not in good faith and without reasonable belief that his or her action or
omission was in the best interest of an Employer.
 
Termination of the Executive for Cause shall be made by delivery to the
Executive of a copy of a resolution duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not
less than a three-fourths majority of the non-employee directors of the Company
or of the ultimate parent of the entity which caused the Change in Control (if
the Company has become a subsidiary) at a meeting of such directors called and
held for such purpose, after 30 days prior written notice to the Executive
specifying the basis for such termination and the particulars thereof and a
reasonable opportunity for the Executive to cure or otherwise resolve the
behavior in question prior to such meeting, finding that in the reasonable
judgment of such directors, the conduct or event set forth in either clause (i),
(ii) or (iii), above, has occurred and that such occurrence warrants the
Executive's termination.
 
     (e) Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, "Good Reason" shall mean
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the occurrence of any of the following without the Executive's express written
consent:
 
          (i) the Executive's annual base salary or cash annual bonus
     opportunity is reduced, or an Employer fails to pay any compensation within
     30 days after the applicable due date;
 
          (ii) the Executive's duties, responsibilities, titles or reporting
     relationships are materially and adversely diminished in comparison to the
     duties, responsibilities, titles or reporting relationships performed or
     held by the Executive immediately prior to the Change in Control;
 
          (iii) the long term incentive compensation (including stock option
     grants) offered to Executive or the basis or conditions for the Executive's
     participation therein are materially and adversely diminished in comparison
     to the level and amount of incentive compensation (including stock option
     grants) to which Executive was entitled immediately prior to the Change in
     Control;
 
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          (iv) the Executive is required to be based at a location more than 35
     miles from the location where Executive was based and performed services
     immediately prior to the Change in Control;
 
          (v) failure of the Company to satisfy the requirements of Section
     10(a) of this Agreement, relating to the assumption of the Agreement by any
     successor entity; or
 
          (vi) the Executive's voluntary termination for any reason or no reason
     during the 30-day period following the first anniversary of the Change in
     Control.
 
For purposes of this Section 3(e), any good faith determination of "Good Reason"
made by the Executive shall be conclusive.
 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the Executive provides an Employer
with a Notice of Termination (as defined below) referencing this Section 3(e)
(with the exception of Section 3(e)(vi)) an Employer shall have 30 days
thereafter in which to cure or resolve the behavior otherwise constituting Good
Reason. Any good faith determination by the Executive that Good Reason exists
shall be presumed correct and shall be binding upon an Employer.
 
     (f) Notice of Termination. Any purported termination of the Executive's
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employment (other than on account of Executive's death) with an Employer shall
be communicated by a Notice of Termination to the Executive, if such termination
is by an Employer, or to an Employer, if such termination is by the Executive.
For purposes of this Agreement, "Notice of Termination" shall mean a written
notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement
relied upon and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances
claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive's employment under
the provisions so indicated; provided, however, that in connection with a
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termination for Good Reason under Section 3(e)(vi), no details shall be
necessary other than reference to such section. For purposes of this Agreement,
no purported termination of Executive's employment with an Employer shall be
effective without such a Notice of Termination having been given.
 
     4. Compensation Upon Termination.
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     Subject to Section 9, if within the Protected Period, the Executive's
employment with an Employer is terminated in accordance with Section 3(a) (the
"Termination"), the Executive shall be entitled to the following payments and
benefits:
 
     (a) Severance. The Company shall pay or cause to be paid to the Executive a
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cash severance amount equal to three times the sum of (A) the Executive's
highest annual base salary in effect at any time during the 90 day period prior
to the Change in Control (or, if higher, the annual base salary in effect
immediately prior to the giving of the Notice of Termination), and (B) the
average of Executive's bonus paid or payable to, or deferred by, Executive with
respect to the two fiscal years immediately preceding the year of Termination
(the "Bonus"). This cash severance amount shall be payable in a lump sum
calculated without any discount.
 
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     (b) Additional Payments and Benefits. The Executive shall also be entitled
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to:
 
          (i) a lump sum cash payment equal to the sum of (A) the Executive's
     accrued but unpaid annual base salary through the date of Termination, (B)
     the unpaid portion, if any, of bonuses previously earned by the Executive
     pursuant to an Employer's annual incentive compensation plan, plus the pro
     rata portion of Executive's target bonus award under any annual incentive
     plan for the fiscal year of Termination (calculated through the date of
     Termination), and (C) an amount, if any, equal to compensation previously
     deferred (excluding any qualified plan deferral) and any accrued vacation
     pay, in each case, in full satisfaction of Executive's rights thereto; and
 
          (ii) an additional three (3) years of age and service credit and
     contributions under all of the Company's defined benefit and defined
     contribution pension plans; provided, however, that in the event that such
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     credit and contributions may not be provided without adversely affecting
     the qualified status of any such pension plan, the Executive shall instead
     receive a lump sum cash amount equal to the value of the benefits; and
 
          (iii) continued medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage
     (excluding accident, death, and disability insurance) for the Executive and
     the Executive's eligible dependents or, to the extent such coverage is not
     commercially available, such other arrangements reasonably acceptable to
     the Executive, on the same basis as in effect prior to the Change in
     Control or the Executive's Termination, whichever is deemed to provide for
     more substantial benefits, for a period ending on the earlier of (A) the
     third anniversary of the date of Termination and (B) the commencement of
     comparable coverage by the Executive with a subsequent employer; and
 
          (iv) full and immediate vesting of all outstanding stock options,
     stock appreciation rights, restricted stock and other equity-related
     awards; and
 
          (v) for purposes of the Company's Long-Term Bonus Plan or any
     successor plan, the Executive shall be deemed to have retired under the
     provisions of the pension plan or other policies of the Company; and
 
          (vi) all other accrued or vested benefits in accordance with the terms
     of the applicable plan (with an offset for any amounts paid under Section
     4(b)(i)(C), above).
 
All lump sum payments under this Section 4 shall be paid within 10 business days
after Executive's date of Termination. In determining the actuarial value of the
payments under Sections 4(b)(ii) and (iii), above, the actuarial assumptions and
methods used in the Company's retirement plans shall be utilized. In the event
that there is any issue
 
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concerning the application of such assumptions and methods, the Company shall in
good faith make any reasonable determination or decision necessary to resolve
such discrepancy. Any payment of additional benefits pursuant to Section
4(b)(ii) and (iii) shall be paid from assets of the Company, not from assets of
any retirement plan.
 
     (c) Outplacement. If so requested by the Executive, outplacement services
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shall be provided by a professional outplacement provider selected by Executive;
provided, however, that such outplacement services shall be provided to the
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Executive at a cost to the Company of not more than twenty percent (20%) of such
Executive's annual base salary as of Termination.
 
     5. Compensation Upon Termination for Death, Disability or Retirement.
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     If an Executive's employment is terminated by reason of Death, Disability
or Retirement prior to any other termination of employment, Executive will be
entitled to:
 
     (a) the sum of (i) Executive's accrued but unpaid salary through the date
of Termination, (ii) the pro rata portion of the Executive's Bonus (calculated
through the date of Termination), and (iii) an amount equal to any compensation
previously deferred and any accrued vacation pay; and
 
     (b) full and immediate vesting of all outstanding stock options, stock
appreciation rights, restricted stock and other equity-related awards; and
 
     (c) other accrued or vested benefits in accordance with the terms of the
applicable plan (with an offset for any amounts paid under item (a)(iii),
above).
 
     6. Excess Parachute Excise Tax Payments.
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          (a) (i) If it is determined (as hereafter provided) that any payment
     or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit of the Executive,
     whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the
     terms of this Agreement or otherwise pursuant to or by reason of any other
     agreement, policy, plan, program or arrangement, including without
     limitation any stock option, stock appreciation right or similar right, or
     the lapse or termination of any restriction on or the vesting or
     exercisability of any of the foregoing (a "Payment"), would be subject to
     the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (or any successor
     provision thereto) or to any similar tax imposed by state or local law, or
     any interest or penalties with respect to such excise tax (such tax or
     taxes, together with any such interest and penalties, are hereafter
     collectively referred to as the "Excise Tax"), then the Executive shall be
     entitled to receive an additional payment or payments (a "Gross-Up
     Payment") in an amount such that, after payment by the Executive of all
     taxes (including any interest or penalties imposed with respect to such
     taxes), including any Excise Tax, imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, the
     Executive retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment equal to the Excise Tax
     imposed upon the Payments.
 
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          (ii) Subject to the provisions of Section 6(a)(i), all determinations
     required to be made under this Section 6 as to whether and when an Excise
     Tax is payable by the Executive, the amount of such Excise Tax, whether and
     when a Gross-Up Payment is required and the amount of such Gross-Up Payment
     (in each case, including any assumptions used therein), shall be made by
     the nationally recognized firm of certified public accountants (the
     "Accounting Firm") used by the Company prior to the Change of Control (or,
     if such Accounting Firm declines to serve, the Accounting Firm shall be a
     nationally recognized firm of certified public accountants selected by the
     Executive). The Accounting Firm shall be directed by the Company or the
     Executive to submit its determination and detailed supporting calculations
     to both the Company and the Executive within 15 calendar days after the
     Termination Date, if applicable, and any other such time or times as may be
     requested by the Company or the Executive. If the Accounting Firm
     determines that any Excise Tax is payable by the Executive, the Company
     shall pay the required Gross-Up Payment to or on behalf of the Executive
     within five business days after receipt of such determination and
     calculations. If the Accounting Firm determines that no Excise Tax is
     payable by the Executive, it shall, at the same time as it makes such
     determination, furnish the Executive with an opinion that he or she has
     substantial authority not to report any Excise Tax on his federal, state,
     local income or other tax return. Any determination by the Accounting Firm
     as to the amount of the Gross-Up Payment shall be binding upon the Company
     and the Executive. As a result of the uncertainty in the application of
     Section 4999 of the Code (or any successor provision thereto) and the
     possibility of similar uncertainty regarding applicable state or local tax
     law at the time of any determination by the Accounting Firm hereunder, it
     is possible that Gross-Up Payments that will not have been made by the
     Company should have been made (an "Underpayment"), consistent with the
     calculations required to be made hereunder. In the event that the Company
     exhausts or fails to pursue its remedies pursuant to Section 6(a) and the
     Executive thereafter is required to make a payment of any Excise Tax, the
     Executive shall direct the Accounting Firm to determine the amount of the
     Underpayment that has occurred and to submit its determination and detailed
     supporting calculations to both the Company and the Executive as promptly
     as possible. Any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company
     to, or for the benefit of, the Executive within five business days after
     receipt of such determination and calculations.
 
          (iii) The Company and the Executive shall each provide the Accounting
     Firm access to and copies of any books, records and documents in the
     possession of the Company or the Executive, as the case may be, reasonably
     requested by the Accounting Firm, and otherwise cooperate with the
     Accounting Firm in connection with the preparation and issuance of the
     determination contemplated by Section 6(a)(ii).
 
          (iv) The federal, state and local income or other tax returns filed by
     the Executive and the Company (or any filing made by a consolidated tax
     group which includes the Company) shall be prepared and filed on a
     consistent basis with the determination of the Accounting Firm with respect
     to the Excise Tax payable by the
 
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     Executive. The Executive shall make proper payment of the amount of any
     Excise Tax, and at the request of the Company, provide to the Company true
     and correct copies (with any amendments) of his federal income tax return
     as filed with the Internal Revenue Service and corresponding state and
     local tax returns, if relevant, as filed with the applicable taxing
     authority, and such other documents reasonably requested by the Company,
     evidencing such payment. If the Company pays any Gross-Up Payment to the
     Executive prior to the filing of the Executive's federal income tax return
     or corresponding state or local tax return, or the payment of Executive's
     estimated taxes, if relevant, the Accounting Firm determines that the
     amount of the Gross-Up Payment should be reduced, the Executive shall
     within five business days pay to the Company the amount of such reduction.
 
          (v) The fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm for its services in
     connection with the determinations and calculations contemplated by
     Sections 6(a)(ii) and (iv) shall be borne by the Company. If such fees and
     expenses are initially advanced by the Executive, the Company shall
     reimburse the Executive the full amount of such fees and expenses within
     five business days after receipt from the Executive of a statement therefor
     and reasonable evidence of his payment thereof.
 
     (b) In the event that the Internal Revenue Service claims that any payment
or benefit received under this Agreement constitutes an "excess parachute
payment," within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(1) of the Code, the Executive
shall notify the Company in writing of such claim. Such notification shall be
given as soon as practicable but no later than 10 business days after the
Executive is informed in writing of such claim and shall apprise the Company of
the nature of such claim and the date on which such claim is requested to be
paid. The Executive shall not pay such claim prior to the expiration of the 30
day period following the date on which the Executive gives such notice to the
Company (or such shorter period ending on the date that any payment of taxes
with respect to such claim is due). If the Company notifies the Executive in
writing prior to the expiration of such period that it desires to contest such
claim, the Executive shall (i) give the Company any information reasonably
requested by the Company relating to such claim; (ii) take such action in
connection with contesting such claim as the Company shall reasonably request in
writing from time to time, including without limitation, accepting legal
representation with respect to such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by
the Company and reasonably satisfactory to the Employee; (iii) cooperate with
the Company in good faith in order to effectively contest such claim; and (iv)
permit the Company to participate in any proceedings relating to such claim;
provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and
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expenses (including, but not limited to, additional interest and penalties and
related legal, consulting or other similar fees) incurred in connection with
such contest and shall indemnify and hold the Executive harmless, on an
after-tax basis, for any Excise Tax or other tax (including interest and
penalties with respect thereto) imposed as a result of such representation and
payment of costs and expenses.
 
     (c) The Company shall control all proceedings taken in connection with such
contest and, at its sole option, may pursue or forgo any and all administrative
appeals, proceedings, hearings and conferences with the taxing authority in
respect of such claim and
 
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may, at its sole option, either direct the Executive to pay the tax claimed and
sue for a refund or contest the claim in any permissible manner, and the
Executive agrees to prosecute such contest to a determination before any
administrative tribunal, in a court of initial jurisdiction and in one or more
appellate courts, as the Company shall determine; provided, however, that if the
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Company directs the Executive to pay such claim and sue for a refund, the
Company shall advance the amount of such payment to the Executive on an
interest-free basis, and shall indemnify and hold the Executive harmless, on an
after-tax basis, from any Excise Tax or other tax (including interest and
penalties with respect thereto) imposed with respect to such advance or with
respect to any imputed income with respect to such advance. The Company's
control of the contest shall be limited to issues with respect to which a
corporate deduction would be disallowed pursuant to Section 280G of the Code and
the Executive shall be entitled to settle or contest, as the case may be, any
other issue raised by the Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing
authority. In addition, no position may be taken nor any final resolution be
agreed to by the Company without the Executive's consent if such position or
resolution could reasonably be expected to adversely affect the Executive
(including any other tax position of the Executive unrelated to matters covered
hereby).
 
     (d) If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount advanced by the
Company in connection with the contest of the Excise Tax claim, the Executive
becomes entitled to receive any refund with respect to such claim, the Executive
shall promptly pay to the Company the amount of such refund (together with any
interest paid or credited thereon after taxes applicable thereto); provided,
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however, if the amount of that refund exceeds the amount advanced by the Company
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or it is otherwise determined for any reason that additional amounts could be
paid to the Executive without incurring any Excise Tax, any such amount will be
promptly paid by the Company to the Executive. If, after the receipt by the
Executive of an amount advanced by the Company in connection with an Excise Tax
claim, a determination is made that the Executive shall not be entitled to any
refund with respect to such claim and the Company does not notify the Executive
in writing of its intent to contest the denial of such refund prior to the
expiration of 30 days after such determination, such advance shall be forgiven
and shall not be required to be repaid and shall be deemed to be in
consideration for services rendered after the date of the Termination.
 
     7. Expenses. In addition to all other amounts payable to the Executive
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under this Agreement, the Company shall pay or reimburse the Executive for all
reasonable expenses (including without limitation, any and all court costs and
attorneys' fees and expenses) incurred by the Executive in connection with or as
a result of any claim, action or proceeding brought by the Company or the
Executive with respect to or arising out of this Agreement or any provision
hereof ("Expenses"). The reasonableness of such Expenses shall be determined by
the Company.
 
     8. Obligations Absolute; Non-Exclusivity of Rights; Joint Several
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Liability.
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     (a) The obligations of the Company to make the payment to the Executive,
and to make the arrangements, provided for herein shall be absolute and
unconditional and shall not be reduced by any circumstances, including without
limitation any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other right which
the Company may have against the Executive or any third party at any time.
 
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     (b) Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent or limit the Executive's
continuing or future participation in any benefit, bonus, incentive or other
plan or program provided by the Company or an Employer and for which the
Executive may qualify, nor shall anything herein limit or reduce such rights as
the Executive may have under any agreements with the Company or any other
Employer.
 
     (c) Each entity included in the definition of "Employer" and any successors
or assigns shall be joint and severally liable with the Company under this
Agreement.
 
     9. Not an Employment Agreement. This Agreement is not, and nothing herein
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shall be deemed to create, a contract of employment between the Executive and
the Company. An Employer may terminate the employment of the Executive at any
time, subject to the terms of this Agreement and/or any employment agreement or
arrangement between an Employer and the Executive that may then be in effect.
 
     10. Successors; Binding Agreement, Assignment.
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     (a) The Company shall require any successor (whether direct or indirect, by
purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the
business of the Company, by agreement to expressly, absolutely and
unconditionally assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner
and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no
such succession had taken place. Failure of the Company to obtain such agreement
prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a material breach of
this Agreement and shall entitle the Executive to terminate the Executive's
employment with the Company or such successor for Good Reason immediately prior
to or at any time after such succession. As used in this Agreement, "Company"
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shall mean (i) the Company as previously defined, and (ii) any successor to all
the stock of the Company or to all or substantially all of the Company's
business or assets which executes and delivers an agreement provided for in this
Section 10(a) or which otherwise becomes bound by all the terms and provisions
of this Agreement by operation of law, including any parent or subsidiary of
such a successor.
 
     (b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the
Executive's personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators,
successors, heirs, distributees, devisees and legatees. If the Executive should
die while any amount would be payable to the Executive hereunder if the
Executive had continued to live, all such amounts, unless otherwise provided
herein, shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the
Executive's estate or designated beneficiary. Neither this Agreement nor any
right arising hereunder may be assigned or pledged by the Executive.
 
     11. Notice. For purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other
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communications provided for in this Agreement or contemplated hereby shall be in
writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when personally delivered,
delivered by a nationally
 
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recognized overnight delivery service or when mailed United States certified or
registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, and addressed, in
the case of the Company, to the Company at:
 
                           Rohm and Haas Company
                           100 Independence Mall West
                           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19106
                           Attention:  General Counsel
 
and in the case of the Executive, to the Executive at the address set forth on
the execution page at the end of this Agreement.
 
     Either party may designate a different address by giving notice of change
of address in the manner provided above, except that notices of change of
address shall be effective only upon receipt.
 
     12. Confidentiality. The Executive shall retain in confidence any and all
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confidential information concerning the Company and its respective business
which is now known or hereafter becomes known to the Executive, except as
otherwise required by law and except information (i) ascertainable or obtained
from public information, (ii) received by the Executive at any time after the
Executive's employment by the Company shall have terminated, from a third party
not employed by or otherwise affiliated with the Company or (iii) which is or
becomes known to the public by any means other than a breach of this Section 12.
Upon the Termination of employment, the Executive will not take or keep any
proprietary or confidential information or documentation belonging to the
Company.
 
     13. Withholding. Payments and benefits provided pursuant to this Agreement
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shall be subject to any applicable payroll and other taxes required to be
withheld.
 
     14. Miscellaneous. No provision of this Agreement may be amended, altered,
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modified, waived or discharged unless such amendment, alteration, modification,
waiver or discharge is agreed to in writing signed by the Executive and such
officer of the Company as shall be specifically designated by the Committee or
by the Board. No waiver by either party, at any time, of any breach by the other
party of, or of compliance by the other party with, any condition or provision
of this Agreement to be performed or complied with by such other party shall be
deemed a waiver of any similar or dissimilar provision or condition of this
Agreement or any other breach of or failure to comply with the same condition or
provision at the same time or at any prior or subsequent time. No agreements or
representations, oral or otherwise, express or implied, with respect to the
subject matter hereof have been made by either party which are not expressly set
forth in this Agreement.
 
     15. Severability. If any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement
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shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality
and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be
affected thereby. To the extent permitted by applicable law, each party hereto
waives any provision of law which renders any provision of this Agreement
invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect.
 
 
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     16. Governing Law; Venue. The validity, interpretation, construction and
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performance of this Agreement shall be governed on a non-exclusive basis by the
laws of the Pennsylvania without giving effect to its conflict of laws rules.
For purposes of jurisdiction and venue, the Company and each Employer hereby
consents to jurisdiction and venue in any suit, action or proceeding with
respect to this Agreement in any court of competent jurisdiction in the state in
which Executive resides at the commencement of such suit, action or proceeding
and waives any objection, challenge or dispute as to such jurisdiction or venue
being proper.
 
     17. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more
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counterparts, each of which shall be an original and all of which
shall be deemed to constitute one and the same instrument.
 
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of
the date first above written.
 
                                  Rohm and Haas Company
 
 
 
                                  By:
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                                  Title:
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                                  Executive
 
 
 
 
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                                  Address
 
 
 
 
 
 
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