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8 Revolutionary Socially Responsible Companies (PHOTOS)

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There is no shortage of examples of excess, risk taking and abysmal leadership in today's corporate ranks. But the success stories of socially-minded capitalism, while decidedly less common, are still out there.

The uneasy state of the American middle class and the excesses of corporate America are chronicled in-depth in Arianna Huffington's new book, "Third World America," which is due out on September 7. As a reminder that large profitable companies don't have to have the destabilizing effects of a BP or an AIG, we've compiled a list of some of America's most groundbreaking socially responsible entrepreneurs.

From Anita Roddick, who demanded that her company do more than just peddle beauty products, to Stonyfield Farms' Gary Hirshberg and Patagonia's Yvonn Chouinard, who believe that giving should be built into a business's bottom line, these leaders have expanded our notion of how business can affect social change.

Which was most revolutionary? Check them out and vote below:

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