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


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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Daily oil usage is expected to rise to over 100 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) by 2030 1; so, the market for oil, coal, natural gas, and alternative energy sources is steadily increasing.

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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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