ESP Certification Requirements

In order to be awarded ESP certification, manufacturers must earn a minimum of 70 points, points must be earned in each of the five categories below.  In addition, the following mandatory requirements must be met 1) Manufacturers must have a firm commitment to environmental stewardship as evidenced by a written policy statement. 2) ESP participants agree to report to KCMA within 60 days of any local, state, or federal citation in excess of $50,000 per violation. Final resolution of such citation could lead to termination from the program. 3) All particleboard, MDF and hardwood plywood that is manufactured or purchased must be reported and 100% of each product must comply with the applicable TSCA Title VI formaldehyde emission limits or equivalent regulations pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Air Quality & Pollution Prevention

  • 100% of laminated products produced prior to 3/22/2024 utilize an exempt resin system defined in TSCA Title VI

  • Manufacturer has a documented energy conservation program

  • Manufacturer has met or exceeded source reduction and waste management goals in section 8 of the Toxic Release Inventory Form R or has listed source reduction activities in section 8.10.1 of Form R

  • Manufacturer has developed environmental product declarations

Resource Sustainability

  • 80% of particleboard & medium density fiberboard and plywood used in cabinets are either CPA ECC or Benchmark CWSS certified

  • Manufacturers earn points if they have kitchen cabinets that are also Chain of Custody (COC) certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • Hardwood, softwood and plywood purchased are Chain-of-Custody certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • Hardwood and softwood lumber are certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • Manufacturers utilize an annual, written training plan to educate their hardwood suppliers of their preference for purchasing certified lumber

  • 100% of laminated products purchased prior to 3/22/2024 utilize an exempt resin system as defined in TSCA Title VI

  • Manufacturer has a documented wood trade compliance or due diligence policy

  • Manufacturer has a documented policy that voluntarily prohibits the use of wood species listed in Appendices I, II, or III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Waste Minimization

  • Manufacturer has a comprehensive recycling program for processing waste

  • Manufacturer has a program for tracking and reducing process waste products with documented goals and reports

  • Manufacturer uses process by-products to generate alternative energy

  • Manufacturer has a documented energy conservation program

  • Manufacturer has a program for reclaiming any cabinets and either sending them for recycle, reuse, or re-purpose

Environmental Stewardship

  • Manufacturer has an Environmental Management System

  • Manufacturer reviews environmental practices and policies of its key vendors and contractors

  • Manufacturer has a documented program that promotes the use of renewable/recycled materials

  • Manufacturer is enrolled in EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership as a registered partner

  • Manufacturer has a documented corporate social responsibility report (CSR) or environmental social governance report (ESG)

  • Manufacturer has an environmental sustainability strategic plan

  • Manufacturer has developed health product declarations (HPD) for its cabinetry products

Community Relations

  • Manufacturer demonstrates community involvement and leadership through service or charitable organizations

  • Manufacturer observes all federal, state, and local environmental requirements

  • Manufacturer highlights environmental initiatives on their website and uses the KCMA ESP logo on their home page