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Innovation in impact


TIAA-CREF Core Impact Bond Fund:
10+ years of investing impact

The TIAA-CREF Core Impact Bond Fund was launched in 2012 to provide investors core bond exposure while enhancing the social and environmental impact of their capital.

To be eligible for the Fund, securities must qualify in one of two categories:

Impact: the security meets the direct and measurable criteria outlined in our framework within one of our four impact themes

ESG leadership: the issuer must exhibit leading, innovative or model behaviors that we believe the broader industry should emulate; ESG laggards and controversial companies are explicitly excluded.

The Fund’s ability to invest in bonds that meet our ESG and impact criteria helps to ensure that this core bond portfolio’s performance and risk profile align with client expectations for this asset class. We believe our approach has validated the belief that a sophisticated, rigorous approach to impact investing can strengthen the risk-adjusted returns of a core bond allocation.

Stephen M. Liberatore, CFA, Head of ESG/Impact - Global Fixed Income at Nuveen

Steve Liberatore, Head of ESG/Impact, Global Fixed Income, explores how Nuveen generates alpha while funding projects that yielded positive social and environmental outcomes.

We are proud to be the lead investor in innovative transactions that provide not only attractive total return potential, but also the direct and measurable outcomes we look for under our proprietary impact framework. We are especially hopeful that the partnership between public and private markets can serve as templates for future transactions to help address critical global challenges, and transition economies and communities to a more sustainable future.

- Stephen M. Liberatore, CFA, Head of ESG/Impact - Global Fixed Income at Nuveen

Featured impact funds

Prioritizes direct and measurable impact investments and ESG leaders1

Roles in a portfolio

  • Provides an anchor for benchmark-minded investors
  • Allows investors to tactically allocate to out-of-benchmark sectors/markets


Prioritizes direct and measurable impact investments and ESG leadership within short-term fixed income

Roles in a portfolio

  • Offers potential stability as interest rates and markets change
  • Provides an allocation option for investors with short-term investment time horizon or concerns about protecting capital


Prioritizes direct and measurable impact investments that are aligned with environmental themes

Roles in a portfolio

  • Allows investors to tactically allocate to out-of-benchmark sectors/markets
  • Aligns with high-grade credit or core fixed income objectives


Learn more about TIAA-CREF income funds


Nuveen mutual funds and TIAA-CREF mutual funds span a range of asset classes. Our distinct fund families are comprised of different investment strategies, each with their own features, terms and conditions, fee structures and risk factors. There are no exchange privileges between the fund families. Nuveen mutual fund returns are updated on the first business day of each month and TIAA-CREF mutual fund returns are updated on the second business day of each month.


Returns quoted represent past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate so that when shares are redeemed, they may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Total returns for a period of less than one year are cumulative. Returns without sales charges would be lower if the sales charges were included. Returns assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Class I shares have no sales charge and may be purchased by specified classes of investors.

Insights and resources

1Bonds must demonstrate environmental, social and governance leadership within their issuers’ industries and/or have direct and measurable social and environmental impact.

Important information on risk
Mutual fund investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. There is no guarantee the Fund’s investment objectives will be achieved. The Fund will include only holdings deemed consistent with the applicable Environmental Social Governance (ESG) guidelines. As a result, the universe of investments available to the Fund will be more limited than other funds that do not apply such guidelines. ESG criteria risk is the risk that because the Fund’s ESG criteria exclude securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons, the Fund may forgo some market opportunities available to funds that don’t use these criteria. Credit risk arises from an issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments when due, as well as the prices of bonds declining when an issuer’s credit quality is expected to deteriorate. Interest rate risk occurs when interest rates rise causing bond prices to fall. The issuer of a debt security may be able to repay principal prior to the security’s maturity, known as prepayment (call) risk, because of an improvement in its credit quality or falling interest rates. In this event, this principal may have to be reinvested in securities with lower interest rates than the original securities, reducing the potential for income. Non-U.S. investments involve risks such as currency fluctuation, political and economic instability, lack of liquidity and differing legal and accounting standards. Investments in below investment grade or high yield securities are subject to liquidity risk and heightened credit risk. These and other risk considerations, such as active management, extension, issuer, illiquid investments, income volatility, and derivatives risk, are described in detail in the Fund’s prospectus. Responsible investing incorporates Environmental Social Governance (ESG) factors that may affect exposure to issuers, sectors, industries, limiting the type and number of investment opportunities available, which could result in excluding investments that perform well.

The Nuveen Family of Funds and the TIAA-CREF Funds are distinct fund families that comprise different investment products, each with its own features, terms and conditions, fee structures and risk factors. Please note, there are no exchange privileges between the two fund families.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. This material is not intended to be a recommendation or investment advice, does not constitute a solicitation to buy, sell or hold a security or an investment strategy, and is not provided in a fiduciary capacity. The information provided does not take into account the specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made based on an investor’s objectives and circumstances and in consultation with his or her advisors.

Before investing, carefully consider fund investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For this and other information that should be read carefully, please request a prospectus or summary prospectus from your financial professional or Nuveen at 800.752.8700 or visit

Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC.

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