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


as of December 31, 2021

World's most ethical companies

Ethisphere LLC, 2022

Top 50 companies for diversity

DiversityInc, 2021

Award-winning performance

Nuveen has earned six awards in the 2022 Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards, including the Best Fixed Income Large Fund Company Award.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 13th in the 5-year and 7th in the 10-year Best Fund Families categories, and 4th in the World Equity category.

Morningstar Ratings

Morningstar, as of December 31, 20213

69% of TIAA-CREF mutual funds and CREF annuities have received an overall rating of 4 or 5 stars across all asset classes.

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.

Top 50 Company for Diversity

DiversityInc., (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 ConsortiumFor 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


1The Best Fixed Income Large Fund Company Award recognizes Nuveen's top ranking among 30 mutual fund families eligible for the award. It encompasses Nuveen's taxable and non-taxable fixed income funds, including national and state municipal and global fixed income funds. For more information, see lipperfundawards.comOpens in a new window.

2Source: 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.

3Based on Morningstar Direct (as of December 31, 2021) expense comparisons by category, excluding Money Market products. Actual percentage is 89.61%. TIAA-CREF mutual fund and CREF variable annuity products are subject to various fees and expenses, including but not limited to management, administrative, and distribution fees; our variable annuity products have an additional mortality and expense risk charge. Excludes the class W shares, which are not available for purchase by retail investors.Ð'dMorningstar 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, 2021. Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds. Past performance cannot guarantee future results. For current performance and ratings, please visit

4Source: 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.