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.
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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
ESG Focused Investments
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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 September 30, 2019.

2 Based on assets under management as of September 30, 2019.

3 As of June 30, 2019.

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 T-C Fund Complex votes between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2019