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Nuveen identifies emerging themes for impact investors in inaugural private markets report
New York, December 3, 2019 — Nuveen, a leading global investment manager, today has released a report identifying five key investment opportunities for impact investors in 2020 and beyond. The report, Raising the Bar – Impact Investing in a Changing World, highlights Nuveen’s 30-year track record as an impact investor and how during its three-decades of market leadership it has produced transparent and measurable social and environmental outcomes along with risk-adjusted financial returns for investors.
“At the core of our impact investment thesis is the emerging low-income consumer and the belief that they are underserved in their access to basic products and services,” said Rekha Unnithan, Co-Head of Private Markets Impact Investing at Nuveen. “We’re excited by how the industry has evolved and looking ahead, we believe the transition to a more sustainable world, and the investment opportunities to help achieve this, will be driven by five themes – financial inclusion, healthcare, education, affordable housing and resource efficiency.”
Below is an overview of Nuveen’s priority impact investing themes.
|Sector||Challenge||Opportunity||Nuvven's Impact Solution|
|Financial inclusion||1.7 billion people globally remain unbanked. Financial services are still not affordable for low-income consumers and small businesses||Access to financial services enables people to invest in their healthcare, education and businesses||• Microfinance
• SME lending
|Healthcare||90% of the world’s disease burden is borne by low-and middle-income countries, yet they only represent 12% of the world’s health expenditures||Making healthcare more affordable and accessible leads to equitable health outcomes and saves lives||• Hospitals & clinics
• Innovative delivery
|Education||250 million children globally are illiterate and excluded from education||By providing school financing, healthy meals, and the use of EdTech, the access to quality education can be improved. This will help break the cycle of poverty by increasing income||• K-12 schools
|Affordable housing||38 million U.S. households are cost-burdened, with 18 million of those spending more than 50% of income on housing||Increasing affordable housing and improving quality of life gives families more discretionary income, enabling them to spend on essential services||•Affordable housing preservation
• Social services
• Green improvements
• Transit services
|Resource efficiency||14% of the world’s methane emissions come from landfills (the third largest source), yet material consumption continues to increase||Technological advances create opportunities to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and material footprint by minimizing resources used and waste generated||•Waste reduction
• Agriculture efficiency
• Green building materials
In 2018 alone, Nuveen’s investments produced the following positive material impacts:
- 176 million low income beneficiaries reached
- 240,000 jobs supported, including 73,000 held by women
- 152 million borrowers received access to financing – 129 million of which were low-income individuals
- 14 million low-income patients treated across 360 hospitals and clinics
- 1.8m metric tons of CO2 reduced, equal to 382,000 cars taken off the road
- 79,660 tons of waste recycled
With nearly five decades of responsible investing leadership, Nuveen is committed to three principles of Responsible Investing—environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration, engagement and impact, as a means of advancing better outcomes for investors, communities and the environment.
The full report is available to download here. For more information about Nuveen’s approach to responsible investing, please visit www.nuveen.com/NuveenKnowsRI.
Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, offers a comprehensive range of outcome-focused investment solutions designed to secure the long-term financial goals of institutional and individual investors. Nuveen has more than $1 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2019 and operations in 24 countries. Its investment specialists offer deep expertise across a comprehensive range of traditional and alternative investments through a wide array of vehicles and customized strategies. For more information, please visit www.nuveen.com.