Responsible investment funds

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Seeking competitive returns while making a positive impact

With a dual objective of providing competitive returns and making a positive impact, these funds seek to promote broader economic development, positive social outcomes and a healthier environment.

We evaluate investments based on the following factors:



May include climate impact, energy consumption, waste management and natural resources.


May include employee engagement, labor relations, human rights practices, product safety and community impact.


May include management structure, board accountability and independence, executive compensation, audits and internal controls, and shareholder rights.


How 3 letters may help make a positive impact to your investment portfolio

Many different words can be used to describe responsible investing, but they all share similar goals: help enhance long-term performance, manage risk and align to your values.

We are a leader in this space

TIAA is a mong the top 10 largest U.S. fund managers of responsible investments.1
We manage over $26 billion in responsible investment products.2
Investors rely on our over 5 decades spent championing responsible investing and helping build a better world.
Our fund expenses are less than half of our competitors’ on average.3
TIAA was one of the 1st to launch a dedicated ESG product, the CREF Social Choice Account.

Fifth Annual Responsible Investing Survey

Millennials have long held the spotlight in driving awareness of ESG factors in investing, but our survey suggests that greater interest is coming from an older slice of the population such as Gen Xers (39%) and baby boomers (24%).*
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Understanding the potential benefits of Responsible Investing

The desire to make a material impact is still top of mind for investors, but for the first time we see that a majority of investors (53%) cited performance as their main motivation for investing in RI.*
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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* Source: Nuveen. Fifth annual responsible investing survey, 2020.
1Nuveen is a top-10 manager among ESG mutual funds, ETFs and variable insurance managers based on rankings sourced from Morningstar Direct as of 31 Dec 2019.

2Based on assets under management as of March 31, 2020.

3Based on Morningstar data, the expense ratios on all TIAA-CREF Funds and Variable Annuity Accounts are generally less than half the U.S. fund industry average. Source: Morningstar, March 31, 2020.
Responsible investing is subject to the risk that because social criteria exclude securities of certain issuers for non-financial reasons, investors may forgo some market opportunities available to those that don’t use these criteria.
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.