How we invest

Responsible investing

Seeking competitive returns while making a positive impact

TIAA's expertise, innovation and resources have enabled Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, to establish a leadership position in responsible investing: promoting broader economic development, positive social outcomes and a healthier environment. Read more about this approach.

How Nuveen invests responsibly

At Nuveen, responsible investing is more than a philosophy; it is an essential part of our history and our future. We believe that three principles are critical to unlocking investment potential:
We consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in our investment research and decisions.
We use our influence with companies to help improve ESG management, performance and disclosure.
We work to drive positive environmental and social outcomes through our investing practices.
The numbers

Responsible investing by the numbers

With nearly 5 decades of responsible investing leadership, Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, has a history of investing by example.1
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Socially responsible investments are subject to Social Criteria Risk, namely the risk that because social criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for non-financial reasons, investors may forgo some market opportunities available to those that don’t use these criteria.

The Investment Snapshots detailed above provide examples of how TIAA’s portfolio managers evaluate property and security investments. All information shown is historical, is provided for informational purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the assets shown or related products. Certain products and services may not be available to all entities or persons. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

1 Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, is a leading manager among ESG mutual fund, ETFs and variable insurance managers as of December 31, 2017 according to analysis of Morningstar Direct data from Fuse Research Network.

2 Based on assets under management as of December 31, 2017.

3 As of September 30, 2017.

4 Based on assets under management as of December 31, 2016.