Awards & recognition

The recognition we've received isn't just about how well we perform for our customers. It's also about who we are and what we believe.

Our investment performance speaks for itself

69% of TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds received an overall rating of 4- or 5-stars ( 40.00% 4 stars and 29.23% 5 stars ), based on risk-adjusted returns
as of September 30, 2019
World's Most Ethical Companies

Ethisphere Institute, 2019
Diversity Inc Logo

DiversityInc, 2019
  • Award-winning performance
    We're the only company to win the Lipper Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Group award" four years running, from Refinitiv, an independent ratings organization. 1

    Morningstar Ratings
    Morningstar, as of September 30, 2019 2
    59% of TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds received an overall rating of 4- or 5-stars (33.33% 4 stars and 25.40% 5 stars), based on risk-adjusted returns.
  • Gold Stevie, 2019 American Business Awards
    Stevie Awards, 2019
    Information Technology Team of the Year
    CIO 100
    CIO Magazine, 2019
    Two awards: Nuveen’s Responsible Investment platform
    and Automation efforts
    Digital Edge 50 Award
    IDG, 2019
    Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service
    Stevie Awards, 2019
    Contact Center of the Year, Over 100 Seats (Gold)
    Sales Training or Coaching Program of the Year, Other Service Industries (Silver)
    Best Use of Technology in Customer Service, Financial Services (Bronze)
    Eddy Awards
    Pensions & Investments, 2019
    Special Projects (Three – 1st place)
    Plan Transitions (One - 1st place)
    Pre-Retirement Preparation (One – 1st place)
    Ongoing Investment Education (One – 2nd place)
    Financial Wellness (One – 2nd place)
    2019 Training Magazine Top 125 - TIAA named #78
    DALBAR rankings
    Dalbar, 20193, 4
    #1 customer website
    #1 plan sponsor website
    #1 life insurance / annuity consumer website
    4 1/2 stars for mobile app
    American Financial Technology Award
    Waters Technology, 2018
    Most Cutting Edge IT Initiative
    MuleSoft Tech Innovator Award
    Mulesoft, 2018
    Developer or architect team achievement of the year
    CIO 100
    CIO Magazine, 2018
    Predictive technologies
    Digital Edge 50 Award
    IDG, 2018
    Digital transformation
    MITX award
    MITX, 2018
    Most Strategic Use of Data Driving Audience Targeting or Personalization
    Signature Awards
    Plan Sponsor Council of America, 2018 (Two – 1st place, Two - 3rd place)
    Excellence in plan communication and investment education
  • 100% Corporate Equality Index Rating For Support Of LGBT Employees
    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2019
    Top 50 Companies For Diversity
    Top Companies for LGBT Employees, Executive Women, Employee Resource Groups and Diverse Leadership
    DiversityInc, 2019
    National Organization on Disability
    Disability Employment Tracker, 2019
    Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion
    National Business Inclusion Consortium, 2019
    Best Companies For Diversity
    Black Enterprise, 2018
  • We’re proud to have received recognition throughout the industry for our work in Supplier Diversity.
    Top 50 Company for Diversity
    Diversity Inc., (2013–2019)
    America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises
    Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, (2015, 2017-2019)
    Best-of-the-Best Corporation
    National Business Inclusion Consortium
    For Inclusion, (2016-2019)
    For Program or Initiative of the Year, (2016)
    Million Dollar Club Member
    United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (2015-2017)
    National Corporation of the Year Finalist
    New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, (2016)
  • Forbes Best Companies for Women
    Top 70 Companies for Executive Women
    National Association of Female Executives, 2019
    Best Companies For Latinas
    Latina Style Magazine, 2019
    100 Best Companies For Working Mothers
    Working Mother, 2019
*Important information about awards
1 The Lipper Mixed-Assets Large Fund Award is given to the group with the lowest average decile ranking of three years’ Consistent Return for eligible funds over the three-year period. Note this award pertains to mixed-assets mutual funds within the TIAA-CREF group of mutual funds; other funds distributed by Nuveen Securities were not included. From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, ? 2019 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. Past performance does not guarantee future results. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit the Research and Performance section on 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. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, Members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products.
2  Morningstar ratings are based on the institutional share class for each mutual fund and include U.S. open-end mutual funds. The top 10% of funds in an investment category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars and the next 35% receive three stars. Morningstar proprietary ratings reflect historical risk-adjusted performance and can change every month. They are calculated from the fund’s three-, five- and ten-year average annual returns in excess of 90-day Treasury bill returns with appropriate fee adjustments, and a risk factor that reflects fund performance below 90-day T-bill returns. The overall star ratings are Morningstar’s published ratings, which are weighted averages of its three-, five- and ten-year ratings for periods ended December 31, 2018 . Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds. Past performance cannot guarantee future results. For current performance and rankings, please visit
3 Source: DALBAR, Inc. DALBAR’s WebMonitor program continuously analyzes financial services websites to evaluate their effectiveness in maximizing their online presence by incorporating content and functionality in a consistent, appealing and user-friendly manner. DALBAR regularly publishes key findings of competitive intelligence and benchmarking data, spotlighting notable trends, best practices, and industry leaders. The listed rankings are current as of the Q1 2019 report.
4 Source: DALBAR, Inc. DALBAR’s Mobile inSIGHT program analyzes mobile applications from financial services firms. DALBAR regularly publishes key findings of competitive intelligence and benchmarking data, spotlighting notable trends, best practices, and industry leaders. In the First Semester 2018 report, the TIAA mobile app received a 4 ? stars ranking on both iPhone and Android.