Asset Management

Innovative Investing

TIAA-CREF Asset Management manages a wide range of assets spanning a variety of portfolios. Learn more about how we implement our innovative investment strategies through these short case studies from around the globe.

Pioneering Sustainable Farming Practices

WITH JOSE MINAYA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NATURAL RESOURCES & AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS

In the TIAA-CREF agriculture portfolio, social responsibility goes hand-in-hand with global investing. The organization’s analysts recognize the value of international investing in socially-responsible and environmentally-friendly ways. This idea pervades many of the organization’s investment decisions and impacts various TIAA-CREF portfolios.

An example of these initiatives is TIAA-CREF’s farmland investments, which span across many of the major grain producing regions of the world. Australia farmland is one of the cornerstones of the TIAA-CREF agriculture portfolio. The country allows for large-scale land purchases, and the land and climate are agreeable for a diverse selection of crops, including cotton, grain, barley, and wheat.


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TIAA-CREF began investing in timberland in 1998, before many other companies were even aware of the value of sustainable production.

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While world food, stock feed and bio-fuel demand is increasing, the global supply of arable land is shrinking.* This imbalance underscores the investment logic of TIAA-CREF’s strategic acquisition and responsible management of prime agricultural land around the globe.

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Anticipating the economic momentum of sustainable food production, TIAA-CREF has established a portfolio of strategic agricultural assets in some of the world’s most productive areas. The organization has acquired more than 400 farms located across the U.S., Australia, Brazil, and Eastern Europe.

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