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.

You don't want to sacrifice performance by making a positive impact.  Neither do we.

Our responsible investing funds can serve as building blocks in a well balanced portfolio of stocks, bonds, and direct investments. They seek to meet or beat their respective performance benchmarks.

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 $19 billion in responsible investment products.2
Investors rely on our 5 decades of responsible investing experience.
Our fund expenses are less than half of our competitors’ on average.3
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1 Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, is a top-10 manager among ESG mutual fund, ETFs and variable insurance managers as of December 31, 2017 according to analysis of Morningstar Direct data from FUSE Research Network. Fuse Research Network is a source for industry guidance to firms in the asset management industry and for obtaining ongoing research and market intelligence.
2 Based on assets under management as of December 31, 2017.
3 Based on Morningstar data, the expense ratios on all TIAA-CREF Funds and Variable Annuity Accounts managed by TIAA-CREF are generally less than half the U.S. fund industry average (59% are less than half the Morningstar U.S. Fund Universe average and 50% are less than half the Morningstar U.S. Fund Universe median.)  Source: Morningstar, December 31, 2017.