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 Mutual Funds received an overall rating of 4- or 5-stars
Morningstar, as of 12/31/2016
WORLD'S MOST ETHICAL COMPANIES
Ethisphere Institute, 2017
TOP 50 COMPANIES FOR DIVERSITY
Best Overall Large Fund Company
Lipper, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 20171
Named by Lipper as part of their U.S. Lipper Fund Awards based on risk-adjusted performance against 36 peers (2012), 48 peers (2013, 2014), 37 peers (2015) and 34 peers (2016) with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios.
Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Company Award
Lipper, 2016, 20171
For the TIAA-CREF Managed Allocation Fund and Lifecycle, Lifecycle Index and Lifestyle Series.
One of the largest money managers
Pensions & Investments, 20162
Morningstar, as of 12/31/20163
72% of TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds received a Morningstar overall rating of 4- or 5-stars across all asset classes ( 48.28% 4 stars and 24.14% 5 stars ), based on risk-adjusted returns as of December 31, 2016 .
TIAA Life Insurance ranked #1Reviews.com, 2016434 "Best in Class" HonorsPlanSponsor, 20165Participant and Plan Sponsor ServicesSignature AwardsPlan Sponsor Council of America, 2016 (Two – 2nd place, Two - 3rd place)Excellence in plan communication and investment educationInformationWeek Elite 100 RankingInformationWeek, 2016World’s Most Admired CompaniesFortune, 2016Life & Health Insurance CategoryEddy AwardsPensions & Investments, 2017Retirement preparation (Two - 1st place, One - 2nd place)Conversions/Consolidations (One - 1st place, One - 2nd place, One - 3rd place)Ongoing Education (Two - 1st place)Special Projects (One - 1st place)Training Magazine Top 125 Companies Award
Training Magazine, 2017Star Retirement AwardMutual Fund Education Alliance (MFEA), 2016Digital Communications - Institutional Retirement Readiness CampaignCIO 100CIO Magazine, 2015#1 customer website
#1 plan sponsor website
#1 life insurance website
#4 mutual fund websiteDalbar, 20166Retirement Plan Monitor AwardsCorporate Insight, 2016One Gold, One Silver, One BronzeIT Innovation AwardVMware, Inc., 2014Service Provider Excellence Certification, Plan RecordkeepingAmerican Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, 20147
100% Corporate Equality Index Rating For Support Of LGBT EmployeesThe Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2017Top 50 Companies For DiversityDiversityInc, 2016Best-of-the-Best Top 30 Corporations for InclusionNational Business Inclusion Consortium, 2016Best-of-the-Best Program of the YearBest Companies For DiversityBlack Enterprise, 2016
Top 10 Companies for Executive WomenNational Association of Female Executives, 2017Best Companies For LatinasLatina Style Magazine, 2016100 Best Companies For Working MothersWorking Mother, 2016Clarion AwardThe Association for Women in Communications, 2014Work-Life Innovative Excellence AwardWorldatWork, 2014
TIAA celebrates successful working parents
For the 6th year in a row, Working Mother has selected TIAA as one of the 100 Best Companies. Claudette Grose is honored as our 2016 Working Mother of the Year.
Innovation in Financial Education Award
NASDAQ and EverFi honored TIAA for our effort to help young Americans understand finances better, through digital education and innovation.
Our Washington D.C. office receives Patriot Award
The Office of the Secretary of Defense presented this award to TIAA. David Rey, a U.S. Army Reserve Company Commander, nominated our Washington team for supporting him while deployed.
TIAA joins Human Rights Campaign's Business Coalition for Equality
Aligned with TIAA’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, The Business Coalition for Equality is a group of leading U.S. employers that support the Equality Act.
1 From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, ©2017 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. The Thomson Reuters Lipper Overall Large Fund Award and Thomson Reuters Lipper Mixed Asset 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 ended 11/30/16. TIAA was ranked among 36 fund companies in 2012, 48 fund companies in 2013 and 2014, 37 fund companies in 2015 and 34 fund companies in 2016 with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios. TIAA was ranked among 36 fund companies in Best Mixed Assets category in 2016 with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios. Classification averages are calculated with all eligible share classes for each eligible classification. The calculation periods extend over 36, 60, and 120 months. The highest Thomson Reuters Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over three, five, or ten years. A detailed awards methodology can be found at http://excellence.thomsonreuters.com/award/lipper . Class I Shares have no sales charge and may be purchased only by specified classes of investors. Other fund share class purchases may be subject to a front-end sales load. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. For current performance and rankings, please visit the Research and Performance section on TIAA.org. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products.
2 Pensions & Investments, May 30, 2016. Rankings based on institutional tax-exempt assets under management as of December 31, 2015, reported by each responding asset manager.
3 Morningstar ratings are based on the lowest-cost share class for each mutual fund and include U.S. open-end mutual funds. For a fund with multiple share classes and the same pricing, the share class with the longest performance history is used. 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, 2016 . Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds. Past performance cannot guarantee future results. For current performance and rankings, please visit TIAA.org/public/investment-performance.
4 Reviews.com ranked TIAA Life's level term suite of products No. 1 out of 67 life insurance companies in their article titled, "The Best Term Life Insurance” and No. 1 out of 63 life insurance companies in their article titled, "4 Best Cheap Life Insurance Companies.”
5 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.
6 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.
7 ASPPA Recordkeeping services certification validated September 2013. The ASPPA’s purpose is to educate retirement plan and benefits professionals and to preserve and enhance the private pension system. The certification program is run by CEFEX, which maintains complete independence during the registration decision process. CEFEX awards the ASPPA Recordkeeper Certificate to those firms that successfully satisfy the audit criteria and meet best practices.