TIAA Releases Second Responsible Business Report

Details CSR and responsible investing initiatives on governance, diversity and inclusion, community and sustainability

New York, November 15, 2018 – TIAA’s efforts to maximize its positive impact on society and the people and institutions was highlighted today in the publication of its second Responsible Business Report.
“Throughout our first 100 years, TIAA has made a positive impact in many ways – from volunteering in our local schools to pursuing responsible investing around the globe,” said Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA. “As we enter our second century of operation, we remain guided by the values that have brought us this far and committed to improving the lives of our customers and stakeholders through responsible business practices.”
The latest report covers TIAA’s corporate social responsibility and responsible investing policies and programs across four key impact areas: governance, diversity and inclusion, community, and sustainability. It also details progress of key milestones over the past year, including:
  • Responsible Investing – more than $650 billioni of total firm assets now adhere to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI).
  • Diversity and inclusion – more than 6,500 employees have completed some or all of the Journey to Inclusion program, an initiative designed to increase awareness of common biases and provide tools for managers in hiring, coaching, and developing diverse teams.
  • Sustainability – seven of TIAA’s offices in New York, Charlotte and Denver have achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Label.
  • Community – employees participated in 100 Days of Difference, a nationwide employee volunteer and community service program between March 5 and June 12, 2018 as part of the company’s centennial celebration. Over the course of these 100 days, over 9,000 TIAA volunteers participated in 341 projects, impacting more than 650,000 lives.
  • Governance – Nuveen’s Responsible Investing team supported 100% of shareholder proposals requesting disclosure of a company’s climate risk and plans to manage its carbon footprint in 2018.
     
As the investment management division of TIAA, Nuveen is one of the largest managers of responsible investment assets in the industry, with two-thirds of its investments across asset categories managed according to the United Nations-backed Principles of Responsible Investment.
“Our number one goal is growing and protecting our clients’ investments in a way that meets their long-term needs and expectations,” said Vijay Advani, CEO of Nuveen. “Responsible investing plays an important role in how this is done. We believe the right investments can create positive outcomes for investors and the communities where we live. Responsible investing is a journey and not a destination.”
For more information about how TIAA is making an impact and to read a full copy of this year’s responsible business report, please visit https://www.tiaa.org/public/pdf/tiaa-responsible-business-report.pdf .

About TIAA

TIAA (www.tiaa.org) is a unique financial partner. With an award-winningii track record for consistent performance, TIAA is the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields. TIAA has $1 trillion in assets under management (as of 9/30/2018)iii and offers a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and guidance, and retirement services.

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i AUM as of 6/30/18
ii The Lipper Large Fund Award is given to the group with the lowest average decile ranking of three years’ Consistent Return for eligible funds over the three-year period ended 11/30/12 (36 fund companies), 11/30/13 (48), 11/30/14 (48), 11/30/15 (37), 11/30/16 (34) and 11/30/17 (34) with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios. Note this award pertains to mutual funds within the TIAA-CREF group of mutual funds; other funds distributed by Nuveen Securities were not included. From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, © 2018 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit the Research and Performance section on TIAA.org. Securities offered through Nuveen, LLC, and TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, members FINRA and SIPC.
iii Based on $1 trillion of assets under management across Nuveen Investments affiliates and TIAA investment management teams as of 9/30/18.
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