Corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility and responsible investing at TIAA are built on four core pillars that demonstrate the power of our actions to improve the lives of our stakeholders. More details can be found in the Responsible Business Report .

100 Days of Difference

To mark our centennial, we celebrated by giving back across the country, impacting over 650,000 lives in 100 days.

Diversity & inclusion

The power of our diverse team of professionals to help meet the needs of a wide range of people.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to who we are as a company. For us, it’s not just a nice to have. It’s a must.
A diverse workforce helps us better understand and address the needs of our customers.
By building a diverse culture, we’re able to provide our clients with distinct perspectives to help them achieve their goals.
Our supplier diversity program builds relationships with minority and women-owned suppliers to provide the highest quality of service, while encouraging competition among diverse and diversity-conscious suppliers.


Leading by example and holding ourselves accountable.

We apply sound principles of board governance in managing our organization to ensure our accountability to the individuals and institutions we serve:

Putting participants at the center

TIAA is managed for the benefit of participants without profit to the corporation or its stockholders.

Promoting greater transparency

In 2007, we were one of the first U.S. companies to voluntarily adopt and implement an advisory vote on executive compensation.

A history of board diversity and inclusion

We appointed the first woman to our board in 1940 and the first African-American in 1957. Today, 40 percent of our board members are women4—more than twice the national average.5


Responsible Investment

Seeking competitive returns while making a positive impact.

TIAA and Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, have a long history of investing by example. We believe that responsible investing principles can help provide enduring benefits for our clients and our communities. Our investment-led approach and scale enables us to apply RI principles to our work across asset classes:
Promoting Responsible Business and Sound Governance Practices
The principles articulated in our Policy Statement on Corporate Governance are recognized as an essential means to protect shareholder rights, encourage management and board accountability, and promote maximum performance.
Diversity & Inclusion
We believe corporate cultures that value D&I can improve long-term resilience and support competitive performance.
Community Investment
Our impact framework across asset classes aims to produce direct and measurable positive outcomes in affordable housing, financial services, healthcare, education, and community development.
Sustainability is integral to our investment process, essential for long-term investment success, and aligned with our corporate commitment to reduce the impact of climate change.

If a fund's investment strategy uses social criteria, it can exclude securities of certain issuers for non-financial reasons and may forgo some  opportunities available to funds that do not use such criteria.

Responsible Investing
Responsible Business Report

Making an impact

For over a century, TIAA has been making a difference and we continue to keep that legacy alive today in everything we do. We demonstrate that we are created to serve and built to perform through our products and services and also in how we contribute to our communities and the world. From volunteer efforts in local schools to responsible investing around the globe, TIAA makes an impact every day in countless ways. At TIAA, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is about doing what’s right for our colleagues, our clients and our communities.

Please see below for more information on how TIAA is making an impact.

1,2,3 As of 12/31/2017
4 As of 9/30/2018
National average is in reference to the percentage of board seats held by women (17.7%) of the 2835 active R3000 companies. 2020 Women on Boards 2018 Gender Diversity Index Key Findings.