Can nature be a good investment?

Can nature be a good investment?

(CNN)-- Trees, natural wood surfaces and water features — could these be investments that give your business a competitive advantage?

Biophilia is our instinctive human love of nature, and it is behind a growing design movement in workplaces that is making employees healthier and more productive.
At a time when the World Health Organization (WHO) has dubbed stress as the "health epidemic of the 21st Century," could surrounding office workers with nature really offer a meaningful path to change?

One advocate for biophilic design is Oliver Heath. The Brit has worked on biophilic design for seven years and says it "most certainly" helps companies
"I have been teaching architects all over the EU about the business and the ROI (return on investment) of biophilic design. Research suggests that it is an essential component of supporting healthy people," he said.

His claims are well-supported. A 2015 report commissioned by the modular flooring company Interface and led by organizational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, titled "The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace" details international research into the benefits of nature in our workspaces.