2017 Business Climate Survey

This is the 19th year that AmCham China has surveyed its members on the business environment in China, and the third year it has partnered with Bain & Company for data collection and in-depth analysis. This year’s survey generated a record response rate, and the final report analyzed 462 responses out of 849 member companies.
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Industry-Specific Reports

Below is a list of bilingual, industry-specific reports AmCham China has compiled from the results of the 2017 Business Climate Survey (BCS) and data collected from previous BCS reports. Please click on the sector you are interested in – members will need to log in to access the reports for free, and non-members will need to pay a charge of RMB400 each. 

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Below are some of the questions addressed in the report:

 

Performance

  • How does the estimated 2016 revenue of your China operations compare with 2015 results?*
  • How would you characterize your company’s financial performance in China in 2016?*
  • How do the EBIT margins of your China operations compare to your company’s global margins in 2016?*
  • How would you characterize your company’s financial performance in China in 2016?*

Business-Climate Challenges and Investment Outlook

  • What is your company’s forecast for China’s GDP growth rate in 2017 and for your industry’s market growth in 2017 vs. 2016?
  • How does China rank in your company’s near-term global investment plans?*
  • How much do you estimate your company will increase investment in China operations for 2017?*
  • What are your top business challenges in China?*
  • Do you feel foreign businesses are more or less welcome in China than before?*
  • How are foreign companies in your industry treated by government policies and enforcement relative to local companies?*
  • Are you confident that the Chinese government is committed to further opening China’s market to foreign investment in the coming three years?*

Adapting to China’s Changing Investment Environment

  • What are important opportunities for your China business?*
  • What are your primary business objectives in China for 2017?*
  • How important is innovation in China to your company’s further growth in China?*
  • What barriers, if any, are preventing you from increasing innovation in China?*
  • To what degree do IT/data security/Internet-related issues negatively affect your company’s competitiveness and operations in China?*

Policy Perspectives

  • How important are positive bilateral relations between China and the US to your business growth in China?*
  • What is your outlook on bilateral relations between China and the US for 2017?*
  • How significant of an impact would specific changes to the policy environment have on increasing your company’s investment levels in China?*

Human Resources

  • What are your top HR challenges?
  • Do you expect to increase or decrease headcount in China in 2017?
  • What factors pose the greatest challenges to your organization’s ability to recruit and retain talent to work in China?
  • What are the top three labor-related regulations/areas that your company is most concerned with in managing employee relations?

*Industry-specific data for this question is available

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