ABES – Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Software
(meaning Brazilian Association of Software Companies) – is the most representative organization in the sector, with around 1,600 associate or partner companies in 23 Brazilian states plus the Federal District, which generate over 120 thousand direct jobs and an annual revenue of US$20 billion.
ABES associate companies represent 85% of the revenue in the segment of software development and sales in Brazil and 33% of the total revenue in the IT sector, corresponding to US$60 billion in software sales, IT services and hardware in 2014.
Since its foundation on September 9, 1986, ABES has taken up the mission of representing the sector in the legislative and tax-related fields, proposing and shaping policies to strengthen the value chain in the Brazilian Software and Services Industry – IBSS, defending intellectual property and fighting both national and international software piracy, in addition to supporting initiatives that incentivize research, development, innovation, and the development of national software.
To approach, discuss and join forces, integrating the Government, companies, professionals in the field, the specialized press and society at large. In addition, to establish long-term relationships, generating permanent links based on trust in and among associates.
ABES is set to be a consistent source of reliable information, providing national and international market analysis as well as legal advice, and indicating trends so that associates can make decisions more confidently and assertively.
To spread the word about the laws that protect copyright and intellectual property and gain them the respect of the population and companies at large; to improve the current legislation and warrant its application.
To promote market growth, strengthening companies and professionals in the sector, thus contributing to building a new sector model, with more stable rules and better use of public investments; to incentivize research and innovation made in Brazil.