eBay Inc. is an American multinational internet consumer to consumer corporation, which manages eBay.com, an online auction and shopping website. eBay owns Half.com, Paypal, Rent.com, Shopping.com, StubHub, Bill Me Later, Brands4Friends, Critical Path, and GSI Commerce.
eBay restricts the sale of firearms on its website.
eBay has partnered with the liberal organizations Ceres and the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). Ceres and BICEP support cap-and-trade policies. eBay is a member of Ceres which is a liberal environmental group that supports regulating and taxing carbon emissions, also known as cap-and-trade. (Ceres Support for Taxing Carbon, Accessed 1/7/16) (Ceres Support for Carbon Regulation, Accessed 1/7/16) (Company Network Members, www.ceres.org, Accessed 10/21/13) (Eva Sohl, “Support Carbon Cap And Trade System,” Lincoln Journal Star, 4/4/09) (“Ceres and Region’s Top Companies Tout Benefits of Carbon-Efficient Energy Deal,” www.ceres.org, 2/7/12) (BICEP Website, http://www.ceres.org/bicep/about/member-directory, Accessed 8/2/13)
eBay signed on to an amicus brief in favor of the Supreme Court overturning state bans on same-sex marriage in 2015. eBay also signed on to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in favor of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on same-sex marriage. eBay received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index. A score of 100 indicates adherence on the part of the company to specific criterion that includes financial support to organizations advocating for same-sex marriage. (Brief of 379 Employers and Organizations as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioners, James Obergefell, et al. v. Richard Hodges et al., www.morganlewis.com, 2015) (Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States, No 12-307, www.americanbenefitscouncil.org, 02/27/13) (HRC 2015 Corporate Equality Index, Accessed 12/21/15)
According to its 2012 tax filing, the eBay Foundation had given $1.5 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation supports Provide, formerly known as the Abortion Access Project. The SVCF also has funded Planned Parenthood. (eBay Foundation, Tax Form 990, guidestar.org, 2012) (SVCF, Tax Form 990, guidestar.org, 2011) (Provide Website, http://www.provideaccess.org/history, Accessed 3/17/14)
eBay has remained neutral on the issue of education.