Accountability and corporate governance
We hold ourselves to a higher standard. Our ability to serve you is based on our ability to earn and maintain your trust.
Putting participants at the center
Our customers’ needs matter most. Our boards are made up of people who understand and promote our values. We even ask participants to help nominate individuals for our board seats.
TIAA participants have an advisory vote to elect the TIAA Board of Trustees and CREF participants elect the CREF Board of Trustees
Participants can make their voices heard.
Our boards have more women members than most U.S. corporations
42% of our boards are made up of women—about twice the national average
A history of diversity and inclusion
The first woman was appointed to the board in 1940. The first African American joined in 1957.
The boards at TIAA and CREF both have more non-management members than most U.S. corporations
Our boards are guided by a wide array of professional backgrounds.
Nearly half our board members are senior-level members of academia and reflect our participants.
Our boards more academics than any other public company.
TIAA and CREF trustees hail from many regions of the country
Perspectives from across the country are welcomed.
The Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee of our Boards of Trustees provides oversight and guidance to our Stewardship & Corporate Governance Team. The Stewardship Team advocates for your investments, working to grow and protect the assets we manage, by engaging directly with companies, proxy voting, and leading market-wide discussion on environmental, social and governance issues.
The Investor Stewardship Group
TIAA Investments works as a signatory to the Investor Stewardship Group, a collective of some of the largest global asset management and U.S.-based institutional investors that promote long-term value creation through stewardship and corporate governance.
One of the world’s most ethical companies
The World’s Most Ethical Companies® designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.
United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment
TIAA works as a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, the international network of investors seeking to incorporate environmental, social, and governance factors into investment practices across asset classes.
Investment leaders group
TIAA Global Asset Management is a founding member of the Investment Leaders Group (ILG), a global network of pension funds, insurers and asset managers committed to advance the practice of responsible investment.
We have a long history of supporting development of responsible investing principles.
Our commitment involves:
Developing and advancing responsible investment practices
Engaging with our portfolio companies and stakeholders
Incorporating environmental, social, and governance factors in investment decisions
Promoting transparency and accountability
We're an open book
We're committed to earning and maintain your trust. Transparency is key and our annual reports, funds and account statements and even our CEO's contract are easily accessible and available for download.