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Making a global impact

A core bond strategy with more than $4.3 billion of impact across more than 63 countries1, 2

Regions:  United States  |  Americas (ex U.S.)  |  Europe  |  Asia and Oceania  |  Africa


United States: $1.9 billion in impact investments financing projects in 39 states2

United States

2019 results from projects financed by the Strategy include the following1:

 United States 
 Affordable housing
 Affordable mortgages guaranteed  1.8 million
 Housing built or supported, including units designated
 for low- to moderate-income residents (units)
 23,338
 Community & economic development
 Community facilities built (square feet)  210,039
 Full-time jobs created  34,176
 People who benefited from access to basic products and services  1.5 million
 People reached through community programs  2.0 million
 Renewable energy & climate change
 Co2-equivalent emissions avoided (metric tons)  37.3 million
 Energy saved (mwh)  20,635
 Renewable energy capacity (mw)  12,482
 Renewable energy generation (mwh annualized)  60.2 million
 Natural resources
 Leed-certified buildings (total)  48
 Land conserved (hectares)  35,702
 Waste diverted from landfills (metric tons)  853,276
 People who benefited from clean water & wastewater projects  25.9 million
 Water delivered (billion gallons per day)  7.8
 Water saved (billion gallons)  5.3
 Water treated (billion gallons)  59.1
 Wastewater treated (billion gallons per day)  1.9

 

Regions:  United States  |  Americas (ex U.S.)  |  Europe  |  Asia and Oceania  |  Africa

Americas: $281.1 million in impact investments financing projects in 15 countries2

Map of the Americas

2019 results from projects financed by the Strategy include the following1:

Community & economic development
 PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM ACCESS TO BASIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES  1.6 million
 PEOPLE REACHED THROUGH COMMUNITY PROGRAMS  119,534
 Renewable energy & Climate Change
 CO2-EQUIVALENT EMISSIONS AVOIDED (METRIC TONS) 18.5 million
 AIR POLLUTANTS REDUCED (METRIC TONS)   2,964
 ENERGY SAVED (MWH) 646,821
 RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY (MW) 3,984
 RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION (MWH ANNUALIZED) 211.3 million 
 NATURAL RESOURCES
 LAND CONSERVED (HECTARES)  12,820
 LAND RESTORED OR SUSTAINABLY MANAGED (HECTARES)  1.4 million
 PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM CLEAN WATER & WASTEWATER PROJECTS  3.3 million
 WATER DELIVERED (MILLION GALLONS PER DAY)  34.0
 WATER SAVED (MILLION GALLONS) 362.0 
 WASTEWATER TREATED (MILLION GALLONS PER DAY) 26.2 
 Waste diverted from landfills (metric tons)  853,276
 People who benefited from clean water & wastewater projects  25.9 million
 Water delivered (billion gallons per day)  7.8
 Water saved (billion gallons)  5.3
 Water treated (billion gallons)  59.1
 Wastewater treated (billion gallons per day)  1.9

Regions:  United States  |  Americas (ex U.S.)  |  Europe  |  Asia and Oceania  |  Africa

Europe: $142 million in impact investments financing projects in 20 countries2

Map of Europe

2019 results from projects financed by the Strategy include the following1:

 Europe
 Affordable housing
 Housing built or supported, including units designated
 for low- to moderate-income residents (units)
 5,575
 RENEWABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE
 CO2-EQUIVALENT EMISSIONS AVOIDED (METRIC TONS)  9.2 million
 ENERGY SAVED (MWH) 10.3 million
 RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY (MW) 8,412
 RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION (MWH ANNUALIZED)  21.5 million
 Natural resources
 LEED-CERTIFIED BUILDINGS  1
 ADDITIONAL SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT CAPACITY (METRIC TONS) 44,734

Regions:  United States  |  Americas (ex U.S.)  |  Europe  |  Asia and Oceania  |  Africa

Asia and Oceania: $248.1 million in impact investments financing projects in 11 countries2

Map of Asia and Oceania

2019 results from projects financed by the Strategy include the following1:

 ASIA AND OCEANIA
 Affordable housing
 Housing built or supported, including units designated
 for low- to moderate-income residents (units)
 307,277
 Community & economic development
 FARMERS AND FISHERS TRAINED 254,973
 PEOPLE WHO BENEFITED FROM ACCESS TO BASIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES  2.5 million
 People reached through community programs 275,924
 Renewable energy & climate change
 CO2-EQUIVALENT EMISSIONS AVOIDED (METRIC TONS)  33.2 million
 AIR POLLUTANTS REDUCED (METRIC TONS) 7,557
 DAILY RIDERS ON NEW PUBLIC TRANSIT  961,859
 ENERGY SAVED (MWH) 17.2 million
 RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY (MW) 7,014 
 RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION (MWH ANNUALIZED) 206.2 million 
 Natural resources
 Leed-certified buildings (total)  1
 LAND RESTORED OR SUSTAINABLY MANAGED (HECTARES)  106,941
 PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM CLEAN WATER & WASTEWATER PROJECTS  4.2 million
 Water saved (billion gallons)  3.0
 Wastewater treated (billion gallons per day) 1.9

Regions:  United States  |  Americas (ex U.S.)  |  Europe  |  Asia and Oceania  |  Africa

Africa: $122.3 million in impact investments financing projects in 16 countries2

Map of Africa

2019 results from projects financed by the Strategy include the following1:

 Africa
 RENEWABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE
 CO2-EQUIVALENT EMISSIONS AVOIDED (METRIC TONS) 8.3 million
 DAILY RIDERS ON NEW PUBLIC TRANSIT  18,500
 ENERGY SAVED (MWH) 1.4 million 
 RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY (MW) 1,095 
 RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION (MWH ANNUALIZED) 1.7 million 
 NATURAL RESOURCES
 LAND RESTORED OR SUSTAINABLY MANAGED (HECTARES) 33,035
 PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM CLEAN WATER & WASTEWATER PROJECTS 3.4 million
 WATER SAVED (BILLION GALLONS)  88.2
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1 Reporting methodology The Nuveen Responsible Investing team developed this report to provide an indication of the aggregate social and environmental impact created by the projects and organizations financed in part by the Strategy. Given the difficulty of attributing impact in proportion to the size of the Strategy's share of each bond issuance (which ranges from 0.015% to 100%), the data reflect total impact generated by the project, program, or issuer rather than the Strategy's share alone.The report represents bonds that are classified under the Strategy's proprietary impact framework and for which relevant data are available. All impact data are sourced from publicly available issuer disclosures at the bond or project level when possible, or the program or issuer level if not. Metrics selected for each impact theme reflect the information most commonly reported by issuers, and each metric includes data from between 2 and 46 issuers. In cases where the Strategy has a large position in a certain issuer, we prioritize selecting metrics reported by that issuer. 
2 Countries highlighted indicate where projects were financed. $301M is within multiple regions or exact locations are unknown, and $891M in holdings did not have metrics available for 2018.

A word on risk
Because ESG criteria exclude some securities, investments in ESG-focused products may not be able to take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as products that do not use such criteria. Investment products in general may be subject to market and other risk factors. 

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.