Awards & recognition

The recognition we've received isn't just about how well we perform for our customers. It's also about who we are and what we believe.

Our investment performance speaks for itself

59% of TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds received an overall rating of 4- or 5-stars (33.33% 4 stars and 25.40% 5 stars), based on risk-adjusted returns
as of December 31, 2018
World's Most Ethical Companies

Ethisphere Institute, 2019
Diversity Inc Logo

DiversityInc, 2018
  • Award-winning performance
    We're the only company to win the Lipper Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Group award" four years running, from Refinitiv, an independent ratings organization.1

    Best Fund Family
    Ranked a top-five Best Fund Family
    Barron’s, 20172

    Morningstar Ratings
    Morningstar, as of December 31, 2018 4
    59% of TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds received an overall rating of 4- or 5-stars (33.33% 4 stars and 25.40% 5 stars), based on risk-adjusted returns.
  • American Financial Technology Award
    Waters Technology, 2018
    Most Cutting Edge IT Initiative
    MuleSoft Tech Innovator Award
    Mulesoft, 2018
    Developer or architect team achievement of the year
    CIO 100
    CIO Magazine, 2018
    Predictive technologies
    Digital Edge 50 Award
    IDG, 2018
    Digital transformation
    MITX award
    MITX, 2018
    Most Strategic Use of Data Driving Audience Targeting or Personalization
    #1 customer website
    #1 plan sponsor website
    #1 life insurance / annuity consumer website
    #4 mutual fund website
    4 1/2 stars for mobile app
    Dalbar, 20185, 6
    Signature Awards
    Plan Sponsor Council of America, 2018 (Two – 1st place, Two - 3rd place)
    Excellence in plan communication and investment education
    Eddy Awards
    Pensions & Investments, 2018
    Plan Transitions (Three - 1st place, One - 2nd place)
    Ongoing Investment Education (2nd place, 3rd place)
    Special Projects (One – 3rd place)
    Training Magazine Top 125 Companies Award
    Training Magazine, 2018
    34 "Best in Class" Honors
    PLANSPONSOR, 20167
    Participant and Plan Sponsor Services
  • 100% Corporate Equality Index Rating For Support Of LGBT Employees
    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2018
    Top 50 Companies For Diversity
    DiversityInc, 2018
    Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion
    National Business Inclusion Consortium, 2018
    Best Companies For Diversity
    Black Enterprise, 2018
  • We’re proud to have received recognition throughout the industry for our work in Supplier Diversity.
    Top 50 Company for Diversity
    Diversity Inc., (2013–2018)
    America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises
    Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, (2015, 2017-2018)
    Best-of-the-Best Corporation
    National Business Inclusion Consortium
    For Inclusion, (2016-2018)
    For Program or Initiative of the Year, (2016)
    Million Dollar Club Member
    United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (2015-2017)
    National Corporation of the Year Finalist
    New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, (2016)
  • Forbes Best Companies for Women
    Top 70 Companies for Executive Women
    National Association of Female Executives, 2018
    Best Companies For Latinas
    Latina Style Magazine, 2018
    100 Best Companies For Working Mothers
    Working Mother, 2018
    Clarion Award
    The Association for Women in Communications, 2014
    Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award
    WorldatWork, 2014
*Important information about awards
1 The Lipper Mixed-Assets Large Fund Award is given to the group with the lowest average decile ranking of three years’ Consistent Return for eligible funds over the three-year period. Note this award pertains to mixed-assets mutual funds within the TIAA-CREF group of mutual funds; other funds distributed by Nuveen Securities were not included. From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, © 2019 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. Past performance does not guarantee future results. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit the Research and Performance section on The investment advisory services, strategies and expertise of TIAA Investments, a division of Nuveen, are provided by Teachers Advisors, LLC and TIAA-CREF Investment Management, LLC. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, Members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products.

2 TIAA placed fourth overall out of 58 fund families in the Barron’s Fund Families survey for the one-year period ending 12/31/17. TIAA placed 11th out of 54 fund families for the five-year period ending 12/31/17 and 22nd out of 50 fund families for the ten-year period ending 12/31/17. The rankings are quantitative and based on Lipper performance data. Each fund’s performance is measured against all of the other funds in its Lipper category, with a percentile ranking of 100 being the highest and one the lowest. This result is then weighted by asset size, relative to the fund family’s other assets in its general classification. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. TIAA products may be subject to market and other risk factors.
3 Nuveen, Morningstar Direct as of 31 Dec 2018. Based on total net assets of U.S. open-end funds for the Nuveen Family of Funds and the TIAA-CREF Funds, excluding exchange-traded funds, money market funds and fund of funds.
4 Morningstar ratings are based on the institutional share class for each mutual fund and include U.S. open-end mutual funds. The top 10% of funds in an investment category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars and the next 35% receive three stars. Morningstar proprietary ratings reflect historical risk-adjusted performance and can change every month. They are calculated from the fund’s three-, five- and ten-year average annual returns in excess of 90-day Treasury bill returns with appropriate fee adjustments, and a risk factor that reflects fund performance below 90-day T-bill returns. The overall star ratings are Morningstar’s published ratings, which are weighted averages of its three-, five- and ten-year ratings for periods ended December 31, 2018 . Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds. Past performance cannot guarantee future results. For current performance and rankings, please visit
5 Source: DALBAR, Inc. DALBAR’s WebMonitor program continuously analyzes financial services websites to evaluate their effectiveness in maximizing their online presence by incorporating content and functionality in a consistent, appealing and user-friendly manner. DALBAR regularly publishes key findings of competitive intelligence and benchmarking data, spotlighting notable trends, best practices, and industry leaders, as of December 31, 2018.
6 Source: DALBAR, Inc. DALBAR’s Mobile inSIGHT program analyzes mobile applications from financial services firms. DALBAR regularly publishes key findings of competitive intelligence and benchmarking data, spotlighting notable trends, best practices, and industry leaders. In the First Semester 2018 report, the TIAA mobile app received a 4 ½ stars ranking on both iPhone and Android.
7 Plan Sponsor conducted the survey between early June and mid-September 2016 by sending out approximately 40,000 survey questionnaires to defined contribution plan sponsors. Awards were given to the top quartile in each category. The awards reflect service levels, not the performance of TIAA investment or insurance products.