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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: enhancing long-term performance, managing risk and creating opportunity. 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 incorporate material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment process using ESG data, research and tools.
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.

Nuveen’s inaugural 2019-2020 Responsible Investing Engagement Report

As a leader in responsible investing, we consistently engage with companies and other issuers to encourage adoption of practices for better management of ESG factors, in turn driving attractive returns and lasting societal change.
The numbers

Responsible investing by the numbers

With over 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 is a top-10 manager among ESG mutual funds, ETFs and variable insurance managers based on rankings sourced from Morningstar Direct as of December 31, 2019.

2 Based on assets under management as of December 31, 2019.

3 Based on assets under management as of December 31, 2020.

4 Nuveen defines impact investing according to the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) definition: Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. 
5 As of September 30, 2020.
6 As of 2020 awards.
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.