Responsible investing

Seeking competitive returns while making a positive impact

Responsible investing (RI) aims to drive better outcomes for investors, our communities and the planet and is an integral part of our history and our future. We embed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into our investment process with the objective of improving long-term performance and reducing risk.

5 decades

spent championing RI and building a better world


in ESG-focused strategies1

Top 5

Sustainable Funds Asset Manager2

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2022 TIAA Climate Report: Stepping up for sustainability

As the climate crisis grows as one of the foremost challenges we face today, we remain committed to helping our clients reach their financial goals through this changing environment.

2020 - 2021 Annual Stewardship Report: At-a-glance

Nuveen has taken many steps over the last year to push companies further in their “ESG journeys” with the objective of achieving the best financial results for our clients.

2021 Global fixed income impact report

Nuveen’s track record demonstrates that investors can direct capital to specific, measurable social and environmental outcomes without sacrificing performance.


How we invest responsibly

TIAA's expertise, innovation and resources have enabled Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, to establish a leadership position in responsible investing. We believe that three principles are critical to unlocking investment potential:

Esg integration

We incorporate material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment process using ESG data and research.3


We use our influence with companies to help improve ESG management, performance and disclosure.


We measure, manage and drive positive environmental and social impact through our investing practices.

We evaluate investments based on the following factors:


Climate impact, energy consumption, waste management, natural resources


Human rights, diversity, health/safety, supply chain management


Corporate leadership, business ethics, disclosure/transparency

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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.

1 Based on assets under management as of September 30, 2021.

2 Morningstar Sustainable Funds U.S. Landscape Report, Feb 2021.

3 ESG integration incorporates financially relevant ESG factors into investment research in support of portfolio management for actively managed strategies. Financial relevancy of ESG factors varies by asset class and investment strategy. Applicability of ESG factors may differ across investment strategies. ESG factors are among many factors considered in evaluating an investment decision, and unless otherwise stated in the relevant offering memorandum or prospectus, do not alter the investment guidelines, strategy or objectives.

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.