Serviço Social do Comércio

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Serviço Social do Comércio
Sesc logo
Abbreviation Sesc
Formation 13 September 1946 (1946-09-13)
Coordinates 22°57′48″S 43°21′29″W / 22.963333°S 43.358080°W / -22.963333; -43.358080Coordinates: 22°57′48″S 43°21′29″W / 22.963333°S 43.358080°W / -22.963333; -43.358080

Serviço Social do Comércio (Portuguese language: Social Service of Commerce), also known by the acronym SESC, is a Brazilian non-profit private institution, kept by businessmen in the trade of goods, services and tourism. It has operations in all Brazil, aimed primarily for the welfare of their employees and family but open to the general community.

SESC is part of the Sistema S (S System), a group of institutions created by Brazilian businessmen in the 1940 decade, such as SESI, SENAI and SENAC. It was created in September 13, 1946, by Decree-Law No. 9,853, issued by president Eurico Gaspar Dutra.[1]

SESC operates in the education, health, leisure, culture and medical care areas, and is Brazil's leading institution in arts financing. Its revenues come from a 1.5 percent payroll tax on commerce workers.[2]

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  1. ^ "DEL9853-46". Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  2. ^ Rohter, Larry (March 27, 2012). "Brazil's Unique Culture Group Stays Busy Sharing the Wealth". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-07.