Industrial Social Services

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The president of the National Council of SESI, Jair Meneguelli, speaks during the launch of Project Caju in 2007
Education Minister Fernando Haddad, next to the symbol of the project, Sesinho

The Brazilian Industrial Social Services (Serviço Social da Indústria, SESI in Portuguese) is a private Brazilian not-for-profit institution that operates throughout the country. It was set up on July 1, 1946[1] with the aim of promoting social welfare, cultural development and improving the lives of workers and their families and the communities they live in.


The roles of SESI and the National Industrial Apprenticeships Association(SENAI) were set out in Acts 4.048, of 22 January 1942, 4.936, of 7 November 1942, 6.246, of 5 February 1944 and 9.403, of 25 June 1946. According to those bills, the roles referred to are owed by industrial establishments classified as such by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), along the lines that they are required to pay a monthly contribution for the funding of social work among industrial workers and their dependents for the setting up and maintenance of training schools.

Regional departments[edit]

SESI maintains a presence in every state in Brazil and in the Federal District of Brasília through a chain of regional departments, each of which has jurisdiction and technical, financial and administrative autonomy. Its function is the delivery of social services in the areas of health, education, leisure, culture, food and the promotion of citizenship, having in mind improvements in quality of life among industrial workers and their families. Besides providing services in their activity centres and operational units, the regional departments develops operations within industry and in harmony with the needs and expectations of the workers. Various projects also benefit the community through partnerships and agreements with international and national governmental and private institutions.


Osmar Rodrigues Cruz, theatre director, founded the SESI Popular Theatre Company in 1963 and presented the play 'Murderous City' (Cidade Assessina) which took Brazilian theatre by storm. Tickets were distributed for free, but because of big interest, they were limited. Osmarwanted to offer a quality theater, helping to train disadvantaged sections of the public.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SESI. "História do SESI - O que é o SESI" (in Portuguese).