eBay CEO Jamie Iannone sent employees a message about ethics this week in light of recent events. He told them that if they see something, they should say something.
He also invited a former colleague, Rob Chesnut, to speak to the company about ethics. Chesnut, who ran eBay's Trust & Safety division from March 1999 through September 2008, recently published a book about corporate ethics.
Iannone's memo to eBay employees follows:
Nearly 25 years ago, eBay was founded on the idea of fairness and the dream of building an honest marketplace with a level playing field.
During our recent Global All-Hands, we continued the conversation about how recent events have given us the opportunity to reflect, reset and act. We have zero tolerance for unethical behavior at eBay. Acting with integrity is simply who we are.
Since I rejoined eBay earlier this year, and particularly over the last couple of months, the eBay Leadership Team has frequently discussed how openness, honesty, respect and doing business with integrity drives our success. I've visited a dozen individual team meetings talking about this topic across the company. We're posting news and info on the Hub and we're often reminding team members that if you see something that doesn't seem right, we want you to say something. There are multiple avenues to report, including anonymously, if you'd like. Of course, we have a strict non-retaliation policy to protect everyone who raises a concern. And, we've also emphasized these values - and our commitment to upholding them - with our seller community and our shareholders.
And, here's the thing...ethics is everyone's responsibility. We all need to see ourselves as being personally accountable for our commitment to doing business ethically. That's why I strongly encourage you to join me, Marie Oh Huber, Chief Legal Officer, and Molly Finn, Chief Compliance Officer in conversation with Rob Chesnut, an eBay alum and highly-regarded ethics and integrity expert.
Rob is the former Chief Ethics Officer at Airbnb and recently published a new book, "Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution." Our focus will be on bridging the insights Rob offers in his book with past events here at eBay and the respect he has for our culture and our team. I'm looking forward to hearing Rob's perspective on how we can further advance our efforts. The calendar invite will be out shortly for Monday, August 24. We'll also record the session and share it with everyone.
As always, I want to hear from you as much as you do from me. Good ideas come from many places. So please continue to share your ideas on our strategy, our business execution and additional actions we can be taking to ensure we all live our values every day.