A Message from our CEO:

We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is one of our greatest strengths and a key measure of the wealth of our company.

By building a culture that allows all employees to contribute their unique talents and skills, we’re able to provide our clients with fresh ideas and distinct perspectives to help them achieve their goals.

We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is one of our greatest strengths…Our corporate environment and mindset foster respect, integrity and personal accountability. Our professionals come from many different backgrounds, with many different experiences, to join in our commitment to client service.

And our acceptance of our differences helps us build better relationships with our clients and business partners — energizing our workforce and strengthening our position in the marketplace.

Roger W Ferguson, JR 

Our Diversity & Inclusion strategy is built on four focus areas that extend across the full range of our business operations.

The marketplace

As our country becomes more diverse, so does the participant base we serve. We work at understanding all segments of our participants as individuals with unique needs and perspectives. That’s how we can offer them the services and relationships that are relevant to their lifelong financial well-being.

Procurement/supplier diversity

We are committed to supporting diverse growth and development in the communities we serve. Our objective is to create business relationships with diverse vendors and suppliers and use our purchasing power to include minority- and women-owned businesses in meeting our needs.

Our workforce

Having a diverse pool of talent fosters the interactions and innovation that lead to effective products and services. We are committed to attracting and nurturing an employee population that includes diverse thoughts, suggestions, education and cultural background. We urge and empower our people to use their skills, talent and experience to meet and exceed organizational objectives.

Learn more about TIAA-CREF career opportunities and our highly competitive package of benefits.

Our workplace

Building an environment where all employees feel connected to the organization, and where they are able to fully contribute to business results, is a key to our success. That’s why we’re committed to creating an inclusive culture that fosters teamwork, open and transparent dialogue, engaged employees and mutual respect.

Our commitment to workplace diversity has been consistently recognized by leading organizations and publications.


  • 40 Best Companies for Diversity
    Black Enterprise (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity
    DiversityInc (2013)
  • Top 10 Companies for Executive Women
    National Association of Female Executives (2012)
  • Best Companies for Latinas
    Latina Style Magazine (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 100% rating for support of LGBT employees
    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers
    Working Mother (1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Silver Language and Cultural Diversity Award
    For TIAA-CREF’s U.S. Hispanic/Latino initiative and partnership with Rice University,
    Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America (2010)
  • Diversity Trailblazer Award
    The Diversity Forum (2009)

Building on our success, our goal is to ensure that we continue to respect the creativity, talents and experiences that each employee contributes regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, veteran status, medical condition or family circumstance.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Employment

TIAA-CREF is committed to providing equal opportunity across all employment practices including recruitment, selection, training/development, promotion, transfer and compensation, without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or any category protected by law ("protected categories").

We believe our employees have a right to a diverse and inclusive workplace. To that end, discrimination or harassment based on any of these protected categories will not be tolerated and is cause for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Further, TIAA-CREF managers and supervisors are responsible for upholding our equal employment opportunity policies and strategies, which are reflected in our recruiting, training, development and compensation practices.

Supplier Diversity Program

We launched our Supplier Diversity Program in 1992 to build supplier relationships with minority- and women-owned business enterprises. In 2011, TIAA-CREF achieved “best in class” distinction among our peers for Supplier Diversity.

Supplier Diversity is managed within our Strategic Sourcing group, which enables us to look for diversity-owned businesses to provide products and services for our business operations and encourage support from diverse and diversity-conscious suppliers.

Our Supplier Diversity Program is proud to work with certified companies in the following categories.

  • Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs)
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs)
  • Veteran-Owned and Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (VBEs) (DVBEs)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender-Owned Businesses (GLBT)
  • Other certifications are considered on a case-by-case basis

TIAA-CREF Corporate Memberships

We seek to include one or more diversity-owned suppliers in all bids or Request for Proposals (RFPs) we issue. We actively participate in corporate memberships for this community, including:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity (FSRSD)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Carolina’s Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC)

TIAA-CREF Tier II Diversity Reporting

Our Tier II Supplier Diversity Program encourages business relationships with nondiverse enterprises that extend opportunities to diverse suppliers within their own supplier base. We track and report on the diverse spend of top nondiverse enterprises enrolled in the program and partner with suppliers who demonstrate support of our supplier diversity goals.

We offer equal access and opportunities to diversity-owned businesses and to majority suppliers who support our Supplier Diversity Tier II objectives. This allows us to:

  • Identify and retain qualified diversity-owned businesses
  • Increase opportunities for diversity-owned businesses to build mutually advantageous business relationships with our organization
  • Include one or more diversity-owned suppliers in all bids or requests for proposals (RFPs)
  • Promote business opportunities between majority suppliers and diversity-owned businesses

For more information about Supplier Diversity, please contact Mika Smith at supplierdiversity@tiaa-cref.org.

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