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Nuveen: a leader in responsible investing

401(k) plan menus need to reflect the demand of today’s diverse workplace and consider near and long term risks and opportunities. Now more than ever, investors are looking to align some or all of their investments with relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Investors participating in a workplace retirement program want to see these options on their plan’s fund menu.

Look to us as your partner in directing and educating both your clients and their participants about responsible investing. Our solutions are designed to help plan sponsors achieve sustainable outcomes for participant portfolios and the planet.

We manage $44 billion of RI-focused investment strategies that span all core asset classes, covering both active and quantitative approaches relative to traditional market benchmarks and take a holistic view of ESG leadership while seeking to optimize positive benefits for people and the planet.*


years responsible investing1


dedicated responsible investing specialists1


proprietary tools and investment frameworks1


vote coverage on key resolutions2

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.

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

Additional resources
nextADVISOR: Your toolkit for bringing ESG investing to retirement plan committees
Bringing ESG into your retirement plan practice.
Innovation in 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.
ESG in retirement plans: Clarity but no certainty after DOL ruling
As we discussed in an edition of next last year, there were a number of key themes that we were looking for in the upcoming DoL ruling on the implementation of ESG in retirement plans.

* As of 30 Jun 2022. Includes all strategies with ESG or Impact as part of the investment objectives


1Nuveen, 31 Dec 2021.

2Morningstar, Proxy-Voting Insights: 2022 in Review, includes 99% vote coverage with 102 TIAA/Nuveen funds casting over 3,000 fund votes on 239 out of 241 key resolutions from 2020 through 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

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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