Be for Everyone

Our founder Pierre Omidyar, a French-born Iranian-American, started eBay fueled by a purpose to create economic opportunity for all. He believed in building a marketplace where anyone — regardless of who they are, their backgrounds or how they identify — could succeed. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) is core to who we are and is at the heart of what we stand for. We remain committed to becoming a richly diverse, truly equitable and fearlessly inclusive place to work, grow, buy and sell.

Celebrating Community

People are at the center of everything we do to drive DE&I. In an especially difficult time, when we were all physically apart, see how employees came together in new and exciting ways to connect as well as support each other and our communities.

The People Driving DE&I

Meet a few of the people who are making a difference at eBay.

The communities we serve are so diverse, and it makes us stronger. Ultimately, what gets me out of bed every morning is that question of, ‘How do we continue to do the right thing and lift people up?

Bringing Diverse Perspectives to Advertising

Millions of sellers turn to eBay to build their businesses and expand their reach to include a global set of buyers. We strive to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of our customers worldwide. As VP and General Manager of eBay Advertising, Alex Kazim intentionally seeks to hire people with different backgrounds and perspectives to strengthen the services we deliver to our customers.

The communities we serve are so diverse, and it makes us stronger. Ultimately, what gets me out of bed every morning is that question of, ‘How do we continue to do the right thing and lift people up?

When several new leadership roles opened up on his team, Alex made it a priority to interview people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. “My desire was clear, ‘How do I get more diverse candidates to join my leadership team?’ Because not only do I need it — my business needs it, the company needs it, society needs it,” Alex said.

Our Advertising team focuses on helping sellers achieve more sales through our marketplace. “By having more diversity around my leadership table, we can discover better solutions that’s more attuned to our sellers’ needs. We want to make sure that we have a team that really understands eBay and the needs of its broad community. There’s just no other place like eBay, where you actually get to know the people whose lives you're having a material impact on,” Alex said.

Alex traces his passion for DE&I to his childhood years spent living amongst various communities, where he experienced a wide array of different cultures firsthand at a young age. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Alex lived there until he was 10 years old, before he and his family moved to Toronto, Canada, and then to Houston, Texas. Alex eventually moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work in the tech industry following his college graduation.

Living in different cities underscored the importance of DE&I and community for Alex, values he says he carries forward in his work every day. “Our company provides a sense of fulfillment for people and connects people to their passions,” he said. “The communities we serve are so diverse, and it makes us stronger. Ultimately, what gets me out of bed every morning is that question of, ‘How do we continue to do the right thing and lift people up?”

To me, DE&I means that people can come as they are, with their backgrounds, their histories, and their view of the world. More importantly, it means helping each other grow and evolve.

Fostering a Sense of Belonging

Our goal is for everyone to feel they can bring their whole self to work. Key to this is fostering a sense of belonging and having open dialogues within the workplace to broaden perspectives and cultivate empathy. Throughout her time at eBay, Jessica Patel has led several initiatives for our Communities of Inclusion (COI) in service of these goals.

To me, DE&I means that people can come as they are, with their backgrounds, their histories, and their view of the world. More importantly, it means helping each other grow and evolve.

Based in Germany, Jessica has been at eBay for over seven years and has been an active member of several COIs, including Women at eBay and ACCESS. In 2020, she was part of a team of employees who launched virtual Movember events across the globe. Movember is an annual event that raises awareness of men’s health issues. As people worldwide faced unprecedented challenges because of COVID-19, Jessica said Movember served as an additional springboard to drive further conversation overall around the importance of mental health. 

“With the pandemic, mental health has become a struggle for almost everyone I know,” she said. “Being able to talk about mental health openly in a work environment is huge. I really value eBay’s culture, where I can say to my team, ‘Hey, it's okay if you’re having a hard time right now. Let's talk about it and figure out how we’ll get through it together.’”

The Movember events included health webinars across several of our regions, drawing nearly 1,000 participants. Employees also raised more than $40,000 for the Movember Foundation and recorded over 100 volunteer hours during 35 global events. 

“The people at eBay care and lead with ‘doing the right thing’. The support I’ve received for putting on events like Movember is incredible,” Jessica said. “To me, DE&I means that people can come as they are, with their backgrounds, their histories, and their view of the world. More importantly, it means helping each other grow and evolve.”

When I look at where I’ve been, I’m well ahead of where I thought possible. And so, I think about, "How I can help make that happen for others?

Supporting Inclusive Entrepreneurship

One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs from underserved communities is accessing capital. As part of our purpose to create economic opportunity for all, we look for opportunities that allow us to make a difference in the lives of all small business owners. eBay’s VP of Treasury, Brent Bounds, helps steer our investments to support inclusive entrepreneurship.

When I look at where I’ve been, I’m well ahead of where I thought possible. And so, I think about, "How I can help make that happen for others?

Most recently, Brent helped shepherd eBay’s $25 million investment in the Clear Vision Impact Fund which was established by Siebert Williams Shank & Co., one of the largest minority- and women-owned financial services firms in the U.S. The fund will distribute loans and aid minority-owned, small businesses that are based in or serve underrepresented communities.

Investing in the fund helps us ensure that capital is placed in the hands of small business owners from underserved communities. It’s also part of eBay’s overall push to create a more equitable global economy. “We’ve made it a priority in Treasury to strengthen our relationships with financial institutions that focus on diversity and inclusion within their workplace and to also look for opportunities to invest in and support minority-owned financial institutions. Our investment in the Clear Vision Impact Fund is a step forward in that journey,” Brent said.

For Brent, eBay’s mission of creating opportunity for all has “always had a soft spot in my heart. One of the things I’m passionate about is finding areas where I can help make a real difference.” He grew up in a rural small town in the southern U.S., where he said he was raised from “very humble beginnings.”

“I have a view of what it’s like experiencing the world through that lens, but I don't have a view of what it looks like with the added lens of someone who is female, a veteran, an ethnic minority or has a disability. But I do know one thing, I look for ways to help where I can,” Brent said. “When I look at where I’ve been, I’m well ahead of where I thought possible. And so, I think about, ‘How I can help make that happen for others?’”

We empower people and create economic opportunity for all. Our purpose inspires and pushes us to be the best versions of ourselves — equity, respect and unity are integral to who we are.
Jamie Iannone, President & CEO
Our DE&I journey continues, and it remains core to who we are and what we stand for. We know real progress takes time, commitment, consistency, flexibility and participation from everyone, everywhere.
Beric Alleyne, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Communities of Inclusion

Accessibility is a community that supports employees and customers who have visible or nonvisible disabilities by ensuring product and employee experiences are accessible for all.

AE² is a community to support eBay’s employees of Asian descent and their friends by providing opportunities to share and learn from one another.

BEE is a community that supports and develops employees and customers of African descent.

DESI is a community that develops, empowers, and supports our employees and customer communities from the Indian subcontinent.

HONOR is a community that honors employees and customers who have served their country, including friends and family of service members.

UNIDOS is a community that supports and develops employees and customers of Hispanic or Latinx descent.

United in Pride is a community that welcomes and celebrates all members of our LGBTQ+ community that work or trade on our marketplace.

Women at eBay is a community led by women and men at eBay to advance gender diversity and inclusion at eBay.

Young Employee Society is a community of the young and young-at-heart aimed at sparking innovation within eBay while developing their careers or helping others develop theirs.

Download Our 2020 Report

Our archived reports can be accessed here: 2019 D&I Report2018 D&I Report | 2018 EEO-1 Report