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.


Engaging on ESG issues

We meet directly with company CEOs, senior management and board of directors to voice our expectations on ESG best practices

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

In 2018 we conducted over 660 total engagements.

By issue:

board related 93%
compensation 14%
diversity & inclusion 91%
sustainability strategy 11%
corporate governancE 8%
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 approximately 13,900 times during the 2018 Securities And Exchange Commission proxy voting year.

Targeted initiatives

Driving measurable outcomes

Our approach to engagement encompasses both long-term engagement with companies and industry groups on priority ESG themes and more time-sensitive tactical engagements with specific companies.

Market initiatives

Participating in global networks

We collaborate with industry peers to establish clear standards that let shareholders more accurately evaluate their investments

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

Founding member of the Investment Leaders Group

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.