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

72% of TIAA-CREF Funds and Variable Annuity Accounts received a Morningstar overall rating of 4- or 5-stars ( 46.91% 4 stars and 24.69% 5 stars ), based on risk-adjusted returns.
as of March 31, 2021
World's Most Ethical Companies

Ethisphere Institute, 2021
Diversity Inc Logo

DiversityInc, 2020
  • Award-winning performance
    We are the only company to win the Lipper Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Group award for five consecutive years, from Refinitiv, an independent ratings organization.1

    Best Fund Family
    Nuveen ranked as a top 10 active mutual fund manager by Barron's
    Nuveen was recently recognized by Barron's as a top 10 active mutual fund manager in the industry. The Barron's ranking measures the performance across our mutual fund platform, including both Nuveen and TIAA-CREF branded products, on an asset-weighted basis. The publication announced that Nuveen placed No. 6 out of 55 companies on the annual Best Fund Families list – moving up 40 spots from last year. Nuveen also ranked 13 th in the 5-year and 7 th in the 10-year Best Fund Families categories, and 4 th in the World Equity category.
    Morningstar Ratings
    Morningstar, as of March 31, 2021 3
    72% of TIAA-CREF Funds and Variable Annuity Accounts received a Morningstar overall rating of 4- or 5-stars ( 46.91% 4 stars and 24.69% 5 stars ), based on risk-adjusted returns.
  • Stevie Award, American Business Awards
    Stevie Award, 2020
    Information Technology Team of the Year (Bronze)
    Stevie Awards, 2019
    Information Technology Team of the Year (Gold)
    Contact Center of the Year, Over 100 Seats (Gold)
    Sales Training or Coaching Program of the Year, Other Service Industries (Silver)
    Best Use of Technology in Customer Service, Financial Services (Bronze)
    Business Intelligence Group
    Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award for Large Company, 2020
    Automated Assistant
    CIO 100
    CIO Magazine, 2019
    Two awards: Nuveen’s Responsible Investment platform
    and Automation efforts
    CIO Magazine, 2018 
    Predictive technologies
    Digital Edge 50 Award
    IDG, 2019
    IDG, 2018 
    Digital transformation
    Eddy Awards
    Pensions & Investments, 2020
    Financial Wellness (One – 1st place)
    Plan Transitions (Two – 1st & 2nd place)
    Ongoing Investment Education (One – 2nd place)
    Special Projects (Two – 3rd place)
    Pensions & Investments, 2019
    Special Projects (Three – 1st place)
    Plan Transitions (One - 1st place)
    Pre-Retirement Preparation (One – 1st place)
    Ongoing Investment Education (One – 2nd place)
    Financial Wellness (One – 2nd place)
    Signature Awards
    Plan Sponsor Council of America, 2020 (One – 1st place, Two – 2nd place, One – 3rd place)
    Excellence in retirement plan communication and investment education
    Plan Sponsor Council of America, 2018 (Two – 1st place, Two - 3rd place)
    Excellence in retirement plan communication and investment education
    2019 Training Magazine Top 125 - TIAA named #78
    DALBAR rankings
    Dalbar, 20192,4
    #1 customer website
    #1 plan sponsor website
    #1 life insurance / annuity consumer website
    4 1/2 stars for mobile app
    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
    MITX award
    MITX, 2018
    Most Strategic Use of Data Driving Audience Targeting or Personalization
  • 100% Corporate Equality Index Rating For Support Of LGBT Employees
    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2020, 2019
    Top 50 Companies For Diversity
    Top Companies for LGBT Employees
    DiversityInc, 2020
    Top Companies for LGBT Employees, Executive Women, Employee Resource Groups and Diverse Leadership
    DiversityInc, 2019
    Best Places to Work for Dads
    Fatherly, 2020
    National Organization on Disability
    Disability Employment Tracker, 2019
    Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion
    National Business Inclusion Consortium, 2019
    Best Companies For Diversity
    Black Enterprise, 2018
  • We’re proud to have received recognition throughout the industry for our work in Supplier Diversity.
    Diversity Inc Top 50 logo
    Top 50 Company for Diversity
    Diversity Inc., (2013–2021)
    America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises
    Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, (2015, 2017-2021)
    Best-of-the-Best Corporation
    National Business Inclusion Consortium
    For Inclusion, (2016-2021)
    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)
  • Top 70 Companies for Executive Women
    National Association of Female Executives, 2020, 2019
    Best Companies For Latinas
    Latina Style Magazine, 2019
    100 Best Companies For Working Mothers
    Working Mother, 2019
    Forbes Best Companies for Women 
*Important information about awards
Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards Winner United States 2016 -2020, Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Family Group Over Three Years. The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, which is a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60 and 120 months. Lipper Leaders fund ratings do not constitute and are not intended to constitute investment advice or an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security of any entity in any jurisdiction. For more information, see  The Award is based on a review of risk-adjusted performance of 39 companies for 2016, 36 for 2017, 35 for 2018 & 2019, and 30 for 2020. The award pertains only to the TIAA-CREF mutual funds in the mixed-asset category.  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 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 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. The listed rankings are current as of the Q1 2019 report.
3 Morningstar ratings are based on each mutual fund (institutional share class) or variable annuity account’s (lowest cost) share class and include U.S. open-end mutual funds, CREF Variable Accounts and the Life Funds. The Morningstar Rating™ – or “star rating” – is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. The rating is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Morningstar ratings may be higher or lower on a monthly basis. The top 10% of funds or accounts in each product category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars and the next 35% receive three stars. The overall star ratings are Morningstar’s published ratings, which are derived from weighted averages of the performance figures associated with the three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar rating metrics for the period ended December 31, 2020. Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds. Past performance cannot guarantee future results. For current performance and ratings, please visit ©2020 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Neither TIAA nor its affiliates have independently verified the accuracy or completeness of this information.
4 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.