Enhancing and protecting the long-term value of your investments

Our approach

We engage using a spectrum of strategies

We engage with companies, industry stakeholders, and communities around the world in both public and private markets to ensure that our investments are aligned with our values and long-term views.


Our constructive approach to engagement

We believe that constructive engagement is a fundamental part of our role as effective stewards of our client assets and critical to preserve and increase value.

Open a dialogue

We talk regularly with company directors and executives about ESG risk management.

Target who needs help

We provide guidance to companies when it becomes clear they need help with ESG practices.

Influence change

We encourage hundreds of companies to adopt best practices in corporate governance.

What we engaged on

During the 2022-2023 proxy season we conducted 564 engagements with 417 companies.

Engagement by the numbers
  Total Engagements  Companies Engaged 
Climate Change  65% 283
Natural Resources 6% 29
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 31% 156
Communities 5% 28
Product Responsibility 3% 16
Talent Management 9% 51
Customers 9% 59
Employee Health and Safety 2% 7
Shareholder Rights 9% 48
Business Ethics, Transparency and Accountability 32% 166
Board Structure and Operation 10% 57
Executive Compensation 33% 160
Board Quality 16% 88
Proxy voting

Encouraging accountability and transparency

We exercise our shareholder rights and hold public companies and boards accountable through thoughtful, case-by-case voting on management and shareholder proposals at publicly traded companies.


Nuveen's RI team voted 129,446 total proposals at 12,847 meetings during the 2022-2023 proxy season.

Targeted initiatives

Driving measurable outcomes

Implementing change and achieving real-world impacts are complex endeavors which take time and perseverance. This is why our engagement initiatives are multi-year activities. In our Annual Stewardship ReportOpens in a new window we report on outcomes in the context of our “Transparency, Accountability and Impact” framework.

Market initiatives

Participating in global networks

TIAA, Nuveen and its affiliates engage with a variety of national and international membership groups to play a prominent role in shaping best practices and industry standards. Joining these groups is both thoughtful and intentional to produce purposeful partnerships with organizations whose goals align with ours.

Members of the U.S. SIF, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Leaders in the Global Impact Investing Network's Investor Council

Signatory of the Operating Principles for Impact Management

This material is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute fiduciary investment advice under ERISA, a securities recommendation under all securities laws, or an insurance product recommendation under state insurance laws or regulations. This material does not take into account any specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made based on the investor’s own objectives and circumstances.

Responsible investing incorporates Environmental Social Governance (ESG) factors that may affect exposure to issuers, sectors, industries, limiting the type and number of investment opportunities available, which could result in excluding investments that perform well.