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Nuveen, a TIAA Company

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Fundraising of property funds

PR 02. Fund placement documents and RI

02.1. Indicate if your most recent fund placement documents (private placement memorandums (PPMs) or similar) refer to responsible investment aspects of your organisation.

02.2. Indicate how your fund placement documents (PPMs or similar) refer to the following responsible investment aspects of your organisation:

02.3. Describe how your organisation refers to responsible investment for property funds in fund placement documents (PPMs or similar). [Optional]

Broadly speaking, The Fund Placement Documents refer to Nuveen Real Estate’s Tomorrow’s World approach and highlights the capability and credentials of the business’ sustainability platform. More specific references are made to the relevance of Nuveen’s Tomorrow’s World approach and capability vis-à-vis particular Fund strategies.

02.5. Additional information. [Optional]

Nuveen Real Estate welcomes the increased focus of ESG issues within Investor RFP’s and DDQ’s and actively engages with existing and future investors around its Tomorrow’s World Ethos and ESG capability through quarterly investor reports and in person meetings with our sustainability team.

PR 03. Formal commitments to RI

03.1. Indicate whether your organisation makes formal commitments in fund formation contracts, Limited Partnership Agreements (LPAs) or in side letters relating to responsible investment in property when requested by clients.

03.2. Additional information.

For all new products Nuveen Real Estate makes formal commitments to responsible investment in fund formation contracts, LPAs or side letters.

Nuveen Real Estate delivers its Tomorrow's World strategy by structuring the global portfolio into a set a three pools by fund ('Leadership', 'Opportunity', and 'Responsibility' ) - each of the three pools representing a particular ESG risk and opportunity profile. The structuring of the portfolio in this way enables the Tomorrow's World programme to most effectively address the nuanced requirements of each Fund. It also allows for the allocation of tailored services and KPIs to achieve the delivery of the respective Funds' long term strategy, to meet annual targets, and to support Nuveen Real Estate in upholding its fiduciary responsibility.

On that basis, as part of product development and fund formation process, it is agreed which of the respective pools the new product falls into. This pooling classification process then forms the basis of the ESG focus for individual investments and sustainability team support and therefore the types of formal commitments to responsible investment that are made within fund formation contracts, LPAs, and other fund governance documents.

There are certain services that are incorporated within the governance documents irrespective of the pooling classification, such as undertaking ESG due diligence on all acquisitions, ensuring that portfolio environmental performance is monitored, and that all vendors attest to compliance with ESG policies and procedures annually. There are then ESG strategies which are particular to each fund, such as targeting only specific geographic regions that meet certain ESG criteria, like climate change exposure, air-quality, and grid carbon intensity, or pursuing certain voluntary certifications.