Korian is a private medical care company that was founded by Charles Ruggieri, a steel and real estate tycoon in 2003. It owns over 1,000 elder care and nursing homes, in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. The company has come under the spotlight for a number of deaths that have taken place at its facilities. In early 2017, there was a flu outbreak at a Korian-owned nursing home in Lyon, France, that resulted in the deaths of 13 people and infected 70 percent of the residents. In April 2019, five residents of another Korian-owned nursing home in Lherm, France, died from food poisoning, and 20 further were hospitalized. And in 2020, nearly a third of residents at a Korian nursing home north of Cannes died from coronavirus.


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CorpWatch Stories
Korian, Major Operator of European Nursing Homes, Has History of Complaints and Worker Strikes

Paula Reisdorf | CorpWatch | May 2, 2022

Hermine Bideaux died of COVID-19 in April 2020 after being rushed to a hospital near the Korian Bel Air elder care home near Paris, France. Olivia Mokiejewski, her granddaughter, has since filed a manslaughter and endangerment lawsuit against Korian for Hermine’s death, one of many lodged against the company.

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  • Mirador's profile on Korian - Mirador is a project of the France-based NGO Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy (GRESEA), which monitors abuse carried out by the largest multinational corporations in France and the world.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Korian workers demand end to understaffing

La Gazette en Yvelines | March 17, 2022

Tuesday, March 8, following the call of the CGT union, the employees of the nursing home on the Island of Migneaux, managed by the Korian group, demonstrated against the deterioration of working conditions understaffing issues.

Employees at Grainville-sur-Odon nursing home demand "more staff and a decent salary"

Aurore Briffod and Lucie Caillieret | France 3 | February 26, 2022

The claims against the Korian Reine Mathilde nursing home in Grainville-sur-Odon (Calvados) keep increasing. “It is not the lack of means at the material level, it is rather the lack of staff, explains Florence Marc, nurse and union member at the CGT union.

Korian-St François nursing home staff on strike

Laurence Saccu | Le Progrès | January 11, 2022

This Tuesday morning, around fifty caregivers, psychological aides, maintenance workers, facilitators and even cooks gathered near the entrance gate to express their dissatisfaction and fatigue.

Alençon: Medical and social staff voice their anger

Nathalie Houdayer and Augustin Bordet | Ouest-France | June 15, 2021

“I am 54 years old. After having worked in the private sector, I worked in the public sector for 27 years. When I calculated my retirement income, I cried. If I leave at 62, I will have between €980 and €1,000 per month."

Korian staff demand "salary increase" in Chartres et Dreux

Pascale Rouchaud and Simon Dechet | L'Écho Républicain | October 16, 2020

Staff from the retirement homes La Roseraie in Dreux and Villa Evora in Chartres, both belonging to the Korian group, organized a strike on Friday, October 16.

Indre-et-Loire: employees of Korian group nursing homes on strike to denounce a wage freeze

Chloé Martin | France Bleu | October 16, 2020

There were a dozen workers in front of the Clos du Mûrier nursing home in Fondettes, northwest of Tours, this Friday afternoon. The employees of this establishment, which belongs to the Korian group, demonstrated to denounce the wage freeze and the reduction of the 13th month bonus.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Cash Investigation: hidden camera in a Korian nursing home

La Voix du Nord | March 1, 2022

The journalist was hired for three days in a Korian nursing home as a caregiver, while having neither diploma nor experience. With an undercover camera, she filmed the exhausting daily life of overworked employees, forced to advise an old lady to "wee in her adult diaper" because there was a lack of staff to accompany her to the toilets.

At Korian nursing home, 4.50 euros per day for meals for residents, says the CGT Union

Cécile Bidault | France Bleu | February 8, 2022

What the public knows of today, he has been denouncing for years: "it's institutional abuse, it's the institution that pushes the caregivers, who are in no way abusive and do a remarkable job, to commit these acts".

The Korian group again targeted by an investigation in one of its nursing homes

Gilles Triolier | Le Monde | December 30, 2019

How could Jeanine Dezaille, 94, resident of a nursing home near Rouen, die after being seriously burned by the water in her shower?

Deaths in a nursing home: the Korian group under fire from critics and this is not the first time

Léa Guedj | France Inter | April 6, 2019

Insufficient and distraught staff, high prices, seniors left to fend for themselves and rationed... The Korian group, which is posting record profits, has again been singled out since the death of five people in one of its retirement homes, following possible food poisoning.

Flu: towards the end of the epidemic at nursing home which left 13 dead

Le Progrès | January 9, 2017

Asked to react to testimonies from relatives of residents denouncing recurring dysfunctions and poor hygiene conditions in the establishment, the spokesperson admitted that "the families' concern is completely understandable", without responding directly to their questions.

Employment Practices
& Relations
The Good News: The Korian group will not be able to silence the CGT Union

Pierre-Henri Lab | L'Humanité | March 18, 2022

The employees of the Korian group and their CGT union have just won a great legal victory. The Paris court acquitted carer Odette Wandji,who works at the Bel Air nursing home, in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine), against whom the management of the establishment had lodged a complaint.

CGT demonstration: "It's scandalous to attack an activist"

L'Est Éclair Abonné | November 3, 2021

Thirty CGT activists gathered on Thursday to denounce a complaint by the Korian group against a union representative.

“A working day in Bel-Air is a day in hell”: in Clamart, the revolt of nursing home employees

Le Parisien | Eléonore Disdero | July 5, 2021

“We won't give up!" This Monday, under the windows of the Bel-Air nursing home of the Korian group, in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine), the slogans rang out. Thirty people gathered under the banners of the CGT union to demand better working conditions.

The Korian group attacks a union representative, the CGT 06 united, to defend "individual and collective freedoms"

Grégoire Cornet | Nice Matin | March 11, 2021

Strong demands this Thursday before the Nice courthouse, following the appearance of Albert Papadacci in the Paris court. The union representative was attacked by the Korian group for "complicity in public defamation of an individual", following a report broadcast on France 3 in November.

Korian, DomusVi: in nursing homes, anti-union repression is in full swing

Cécile Rousseau | L'Humanite | October 1, 2020

Employees of several nursing homes of the Korian and DomusVi groups call out union-busting tactics, which have gone as far as dismissals.

Korian Workers are organising across borders

European Public Service Union | September 7, 2017

Workers and union representatives in the French multinational specialized in elderly care, Korian, met in Brussels, in order to better coordinate their struggles and strategies to secure better pay and conditions for the almost 47,000 workers employed in 4 countries.

Marpent: an internal investigation within a Korian nursing home, after the death of a resident

Alice Bonvoison | La Voix Du Nord | July 27, 2020

Roland Étienne, résident de l’EHPAD Samara (groupe Korian) est décédé le 24 avril après avoir contracté le Covid-19. Depuis, sa famille n’a eu de cesse de vouloir faire la lumière sur les circonstances de cette mort. Alertée, l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) a ...

French Nursing Homes Employees Protest Pay, Conditions

VOA | May 26, 2020

Employees of a major group of French nursing homes on Monday took part in protests across France to call for better pay amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Korian group targeted by two new legal investigations

Chloé Pilorget-Rezzouk and Ismaël Halissat | Libération | May 19, 2020

The two preliminary investigations by the Nanterre public prosecutor's office for manslaughter, endangering the lives of others and failure to assist a person in danger concern the "Bel-Air" establishment in Clamart.

French nursing home learns costly lessons on containing coronavirus

Caroline Pailliez, Matthias Galante | Reuters | April 17, 2020

When managers at La Riviera nursing home on France’s Cote D’Azur found out a resident had the COVID-19 virus, they put into action a standard playbook they believed would contain the spread. It did not.


Corporate Headquarters
21,23,25 Rue Balzac, 75008 Paris
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$4,209,000,000 (2020) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$126,000,000 (2020) | source
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Care home group Korian plans shift into 'mission-led' company

Federica Mileo and Diana Mandia | NASDAQ | February 23, 2022

French care home group Korian (KORI) said on Wednesday it was aiming to become a mission-led company amid pressures following investigations into rival Orpea's (ORP) alleged mistreatment of elderly residents.

Korian finalizes the acquisition of Ita Salud Mental

Les Echos | June 2, 2021

The operator of retirement homes and clinics Korian has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Ita Salud Mental, after obtaining the necessary regulatory and competition law authorizations.

Korian will raise 400 million euros to acquire Inicea

Le Figaro | October 10, 2020

The number one European retirement home operator Korian will launch a capital increase of 400 million euros to afford the psychiatric operator Inicea and strengthen its activities dedicated to mental health, the company announced on Thursday.


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