According to the organisation's website www.uscsi.org, viewed by Ethical Consumer in January 2021, Ebay was a member of the Coalition of Services Industries. This was regarded by Ethical Consumer as an international corporate lobby group which exerted undue corporate influence on policy-makers in favour of market solutions that were potentially detrimental to the environment and human rights.
According to the website of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), www.nftc.org, visited in January 2021, Ebay was listed as a director. The NFTC's motto was 'Advancing Global Commerce' and it also claimed to be "the only business association dedicated solely to trade policy, export finance, international tax, and human resource issues on behalf of its members". It also stated the organisation advocated open world markets and fought against protectionist legislation and policies. It also offered rapid and effective response to fast-moving legislative and policy developments by a team with a reputation for tackling tough issues and getting results, and participation in NFTC-led business coalitions on major international trade and tax issues. These were listed as benefits of membership of the organisation. The company therefore lost half a mark under Political Activities.
In February 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the US Council for International Business Annual Report 2019-20. The report listed Ebay as a member. The USCIB described itself as "founded in 1945 to promote an open world trading system, now among the premier pro-trade, pro-market liberalization organizations ...provides unparalleled access to international policy makers and regulatory authorities." Ethical Consumer noted that free trade lobby groups had been criticised by campaigners for lobbying for business interests at the expense of the environment, human rights and animal welfare. The company therefore lost half a mark under Political Activities.