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TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds

Retirement funds driven by responsible investing


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Explore select TIAA-CREF mutual funds that embed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment research, due diligence, portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring. These solutions are designed to help plan sponsors achieve sustainable outcomes for participant portfolios and the planet.

For additional information about our retirement offerings, contact us.


years responsible investing1


dedicated responsible investing specialists1


proprietary tools and investment frameworks1

Top 3

in support of climate change proposals among U.S. asset managers2

Responsible investing expertise

We implement industry-leading principles and criteria that support well-functioning markets while preserving financial, social and environmental capital.

Learn more about our responsible investing capabilities.

  1. circular blue arrowsESG Integration: We aim to incorporate material ESG factors into our investment process, across funds and asset classes.
  2. blue dot starImpact: Through our investing practices, we seek to drive positive environmental and social outcomes.
  3. blue handshake iconStewardship: We connect using our influence with companies and issuers to help them innovate and operate more effectively, and partner with stakeholders to drive and advance ESG best practices.

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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.

Get in touch with the Nuveen Retirement Investing team to find out more about our retirement solutions.

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1Nuveen, 31 Dec 2021.

2ShareAction, Voting Matters Report, 2020.

3UN PRI, 2020.

7The Impact Principles, 2020.

8Morningstar, 2020.

9Environmental Finance, 2022.

Important information on risk

This material is not intended to be a recommendation or investment advice, does not constitute a solicitation to buy or sell securities, 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.

ESG integration is the consideration of financially material ESG factors in support of portfolio management for actively managed strategies. Financial materiality of ESG factors varies by asset class and investment strategy. Applicability of ESG factors may differ across investment strategies. ESG factors are among many factors considered in evaluating an investment decision, and unless otherwise stated in the relevant offering memorandum or prospectus, do not alter the investment guidelines, strategy or objectives.

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.

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.

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 Nuveen at 800.752.8700 or visit nuveen.com.

The investment advisory services, strategies and expertise of TIAA Investments, a division of Nuveen, are provided by Teachers Advisors, LLC and TIAA-CREF Investment Management, LLC.

Securities offered through Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC.

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