Awards & Recognition


Accolades are not something we strive for, yet they are a complement to our long, rich history of putting our investors first, and they confirm for our investors that our capabilities, products and services are best in class.

2013, 2014, 2015 Lipper Awards: Best Overall Large Fund Company1

For three years in a row, we won the Lipper Award for Best Overall Large Fund Company (compared to 36 fund companies in 2012 and 48 fund companies in 2013 and 2014).

Lipper Fund Awards

75% of TIAA-CREF’s funds received an overall Morningstar rating of 4 or 5 stars (39.29% 4 stars and 35.71% 5 stars), based on risk-adjusted returns as of June 30, 2015.2

This reflects our funds' ability to deliver consistent and competitive, risk-adjusted returns and that 100% of our mutual funds and variable annuities have expense ratios below the median of their Morningstar categories.3

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We’ve been named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eight years in a row, achieving Sustained Excellence level for the sixth consecutive year in recognition of our ongoing commitment to outstanding energy management practices and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, we received Executive Member status of Energy Star Certification Nation, a special one-time recognition awarded to organizations that earned Energy Star certification for at least 50 buildings.

Energy Star Award 2015

EnergyStar Certification Nation 2014



In 2013, our team received second place for the Real Estate Deal of the Year for our acquisition of Henderson Global Investors. And third place for Industry Figure of the Year was awarded to Tom Garbutt, our Senior Managing Director of Global Real Estate.




We received the aiCIO Industry Innovation Award in 2013 for our company-wide commitment to socially responsible investing.



Pensions & Investments

We're one of the largest managers of equity, fixed income assets and commercial real estate in the world, based on institutional tax-exempt assets under management.4,5