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Rohm and Haas Company Receives The 2005 Mid-Atlantic Region Employer of Choice Award

Published on 2005-06-10. Author : SpecialChem

PHILADELPHIA, -- The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) will honor the Law Department of the Rohm and Haas Company as one of two recipients of The 2005 Mid-Atlantic Region Employer of Choice Award on Tuesday, June 14 at a dinner and awards program from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW in Washington, DC.

"I am proud of our entire legal team because each person contributed to our being chosen for this honor," said Robert A. Lonergan, Vice President and General Counsel of Rohm and Haas. "Diversity at Rohm and Haas is a part of our business strategy, and is crucial to the overall success of our company. Diversity is, quite simply, just good business."

Lonergan joined Rohm and Haas Company in 1999 as vice president and general counsel. He is responsible for all of the Company's legal affairs, directing the efforts of 45 Rohm and Haas in-house attorneys, and scores of outside law firms.

MCCA publicly recognizes organizations that successfully hire, retain, and develop todays best and brightest legal talent. The stringent selection criteria for this recognition include:

  • Alignment of diversity activities with long-term, corporate-wide strategic initiatives;
  • Commitment from senior management that translates into measurable objectives at the business unit level;
  • Metrics for accountability;
  • Compensation of management in the legal department tied to the results of diversity efforts;
  • Substantive training programs;
  • Design, implementation and institution of policies and practices that support people in doing their best work and developing to their fullest potential;
  • Leadership through creating an environment that eliminates barriers to communication and encourages everyone's contribution; and
  • Formal programs or policies that value, encourage and enable individual attorney growth and improvement (such as, mentoring programs, skills development seminars, etc.).

As a 2005 Employer of Choice, the Rohm and Haas Company will receive national recognition and serve as a model for other corporate law departments. The other award recipient is Rolls-Royce North America Inc.

About Rohm and Haas Company

Rohm and Haas is a Philadelphia-based specialty materials company which makes products for the personal care, grocery, home and construction markets, and the electronics industry. The company had annual sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2004 with operations in 27 countries.

About Minority Corporate Counsel Association

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) was founded in 1997 to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession.

Source: Rohm and Haas

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